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by dmu3tem
Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:43 pm
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Tips for composing and arranging music
Replies: 37
Views: 41451

Tips for composing and arranging

Here are a couple of useful devices I am trying out for the forthcoming 7th Sunday in ordinary time (C): (1) Communion Antiphon. My parish priest, who chooses all our hymns, wants to have the 'hymn' 'O Sacrament Most Holy' sung at communion. It has only one verse; so, as it stands, if you want to ex...
by dmu3tem
Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:44 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: So why do we hate choirs then?
Replies: 36
Views: 17991

So why do we hate choirs then?

Picking up on the role of choirs exercising a liturgical ministry: It is worth noting that this can separate choirs from congregations. Certainly, this was what happened in the nineteenth century, both in the Catholic and Anglican churches. Note too that the 1958 Instruction by the Sacred Congregati...
by dmu3tem
Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: So why do we hate choirs then?
Replies: 36
Views: 17991

So why do we hate choirs then?

It might be worth noting that 'choirs' come in all shapes and sizes; and their modus operandi can therefore be very varied. Before we accept or reject what they do, we perhaps need to be clear about what sort of 'choir' we are referring to. Here are some basic distinctions: but I am sure many more c...
by dmu3tem
Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Folk Group
Replies: 39
Views: 18120

Folk group

Personally, I am not too concerned about definitions. However, I note that amongst many Catholics (and members of other Christian denominations) 'folk groups' have very negative connotations. The reasons for this seem to be twofold: (1) Complaints about the style of what they call 'happy clappy' mus...
by dmu3tem
Thu Dec 21, 2006 12:06 pm
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Tips for composing and arranging music
Replies: 37
Views: 41451

Tips for composing and arranging music

Possible (new) composition technique/exercise for responsorial psalms/gospel acclamations using Gelineau type psalmody. Take the melody/motif used in your response and build it into the accompaniment (or instrumental descant) of your chant chord sequence as a piece of counterpoint. I tried this rece...
by dmu3tem
Wed Nov 15, 2006 3:59 pm
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Tips for composing and arranging music
Replies: 37
Views: 41451

Tips for composing and arranging music

Arranging music for instruments: some notational tips: slurs, articulations, and phrase marks. When scoring music for instruments, it is worth noting that slur and articulation marks mean different things with different instruments and, for that matter, voices. Here are some useful pointers: (1) If ...
by dmu3tem
Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:10 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: James MacMillan's thoughts on Bind Us Together
Replies: 11
Views: 6857

James Macmillan's thoughts on Bind Us Together

I note that the thrust of many comments here focus on the quality of performance and arrangement of music. In other words, perceptions of the worth of such music are in part determined by how effectively it is executed. If that is so, you might be interested in looking at and - better still - adding...
by dmu3tem
Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:43 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Qui bene cantat bis orat
Replies: 4
Views: 3150

Qui bene cantat bis orat

Can someone please tell me who originally said this, and if so, where/when? I once heard that it was attributed to St Augustine.

Thomas (Muir)
by dmu3tem
Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:21 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Tips for composing and arranging music
Replies: 37
Views: 41451

Tips for composing and arranging music

Some (possibly) useful odds and ends. (1) The second article about composing music by Alan Smith is out in the latest issue of 'Music and Liturgy'. (2) Useful technical exercises I sometimes have to do. Try rearranging an accompaniment designed for piano (or at any rate a keyboard with a sustaining ...
by dmu3tem
Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:09 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Tips for composing and arranging music
Replies: 37
Views: 41451

tips for composing and arranging music

Writing for Upper Voices Here is something I recently picked up from a friend of mine. Apparently most women have the 'break' in their voice at roughly the same point. Consequently, those who can reach above an e or f (10-11 notes above middle C) can usually only manage this if they use vibrato. Tho...
by dmu3tem
Sat Aug 26, 2006 10:23 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: BBC Radio 3 The Choir
Replies: 40
Views: 22532

BBC Radio3 The Choir

If you are concerned about the quality of music composed for the Catholic Church, why not add some concrete technical suggestions to the thread 'tips for composers'? Better still, come along to meetings of the composers group - next one at Clifton Cathedral (Oct 14th). You might also find the first ...
by dmu3tem
Sat Aug 19, 2006 9:47 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Tips for composing and arranging music
Replies: 37
Views: 41451

Tips for composing and arranging music

You might note some useful tips about the use of Sibelius software in the 'Sibelius Software and instant Responsorial Psalms' thread. Personally, I like to work out material on manuscript paper and then transcribe it onto my Sibelius programme. Observe, though, that some of the ranges it gives for i...
by dmu3tem
Tue Aug 08, 2006 2:25 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Latin II
Replies: 41
Views: 23203

Latin II

Many thanks for this example, which I can confirm is quite correct. However, in this case, other readers might note that such results were only achieved in the context of compulsory weekly practices conducted in a ruthlessly efficient - and highly impressive - manner. It also built on a long traditi...
by dmu3tem
Mon Aug 07, 2006 10:13 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Latin II
Replies: 41
Views: 23203

Latin II

Just a little bit of history concerning the linkage between plainchant and the Latin liturgy. Plainchant in the Gallican Liturgies (many still in Latin) of C18th France was promoted as something for congregational singing. This theme was taken up by plainchant protagonists in the nineteenth century....
by dmu3tem
Sat Jul 29, 2006 9:45 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Use of Latin
Replies: 46
Views: 50924

Use of Latin

Picking up on one or two remarks about singing in mining villages, I just to correct a misconception. When I wrote about the attitudes of the congregation I work with, I was referring not to Durham, but to the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. I am afraid I have no first hand knowledge of miners singing....