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by dmu3tem
Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Cameo roles
Replies: 33
Views: 7639

Re: Cameo roles

Regarding VML's unfortunate experiences, I am inclined to be rather intolerant. [1] I think it outrageous that people give higher priority to music planning meetings over actually coming along to practices. It suggests that people want to command but not do the donkey work. The only modification I w...
by dmu3tem
Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Canticles
Replies: 9
Views: 4953

Re: Canticles

Yes, the reply covers most of the points. Some parishes do use Common Worship's Morning and Evening Prayer; although this still seems to be comparatively uncommon, and Cathedrals appear to be exceptionally resistant to it. Part of the difficulty appears with Sung Morning and Evening Prayer; as there...
by dmu3tem
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:28 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: James Macmillan to cease writing congregational music
Replies: 4
Views: 2974

Re: James Macmillan to cease writing congregational music

I have not read the Tablet article, although I have heard on the grapevine about James Macmillan's decision. Nonetheless it does highlight a series of problems concerning the relationship between Church music today and serious 'art' composers. [1] Many 'art' composers seem to prefer Latin or at leas...
by dmu3tem
Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: English Proper Chants
Replies: 10
Views: 5857

Re: English Proper Chants

The latest issue of the Monastic Musicians newsletter has several articles/transcripts/summaries about the composition of new English Propers including items by John Ainslie and Martin Foster. These are the fruits of their 'summer school' this year; which was devoted to that theme. All make for inte...
by dmu3tem
Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Gloria at Mass for the War Dead on Remembrance Sunday
Replies: 9
Views: 3028

Re: Gloria at Mass for the War Dead on Remembrance Sunday

[quote="JW"] The Gloria is essentially a hymn to God, not to the fallen. Therefore note the text: 'Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God's people on earth...' ('old translation') The term 'Glory' of course is difficult: [1] I do not see why we should not celebrate the 'achievements...
by dmu3tem
Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Traditional or Contemporary?
Replies: 98
Views: 19993

Re: Traditional or Contemporary?

I really don't see why a new translation of the same Latin text should imply or require musical stylistic innovation. . Logically this observation might be true. However, in practice major changes to text usually do result in stylistic shifts, especially if there has been a time gap of a decade or ...
by dmu3tem
Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Traditional or Contemporary?
Replies: 98
Views: 19993

Re: Traditional or Contemporary?

Are we not in danger of getting off the original point? I thought the questions originally posed were: [1] What do we mean by 'traditional' and 'contemporary' music in a church context? [2] What, specifically, do these terms mean in an 'Anglican' context? 'Traditional', whether Anglican or Catholic,...
by dmu3tem
Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Traditional or Contemporary?
Replies: 98
Views: 19993

Re: Traditional or Contemporary?

Ref. music in Anglican churches. Yes, interesting divergencies between what I encounter in the North of England(mainly rural parts of the NW) and what others find in the South and in London; although this is no more than what one would expect, given regional differences in Catholic behaviour. The di...
by dmu3tem
Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Traditional or Contemporary?
Replies: 98
Views: 19993

Re: Traditional or Contemporary?

If we return to the original message, I note that it relates to an Anglican church. So, here is a 'narrow' response to the question. In the Anglican church 'traditional' and 'contemporary' is to some extent determined by the type of liturgy used. So, by this yardstick the following lines could be ta...
by dmu3tem
Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Going down to one Mass
Replies: 34
Views: 8724

Re: Going down to one Mass

Just a couple of further thoughts relating to your particular situation. [1] Don't forget that you have the opportunity to try something new, or at any rate a new development from what already happens. For instance I see you are already thinking about how to make use of your East European traditions...
by dmu3tem
Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Going down to one Mass
Replies: 34
Views: 8724

Re: Going down to one Mass

Yes, this is a difficult one, and the advice given above looks pretty sound. However, could I suggest looking at an alternative approach. Years ago (in the 1970s), when I was a student, I used to go to the 'family Mass' at Blackfriars, Oxford. The routine there was to have a rotation of 'music direc...
by dmu3tem
Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Realising Bishop Alan's hope
Replies: 53
Views: 17460

Re: Realising Bishop Alan's hope

But on this issue there are few (if any) copyright problems. See the note by musicus in the Feast of the Transfiguration thread (relating to a call for settings of Psalm 96). Now this is a little different, given that the text copyrights are held by The Grail/Collins (and, I believe, for the latest...
by dmu3tem
Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Realising Bishop Alan's hope
Replies: 53
Views: 17460

Re: Realising Bishop Alan's hope

I recently completed a new setting for the 17th Sunday of the year. Readers might be interested in how I structured the texts supplied in the Missal (I use both of them): Introduction: 2 bars to set up the basic tonality (F major) Musical material A1(2 bars) Cantor: sings the opening phrase of the f...
by dmu3tem
Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Suggestions for a Choral Mass Setting
Replies: 11
Views: 4541

Re: Suggestions for a Choral Mass Setting

Sorry. I meant to send a personal message and I found I could not fully cross it off having accidentally put it out on the public forum.
by dmu3tem
Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Suggestions for a Choral Mass Setting
Replies: 11
Views: 4541

Re: Suggestions for a Choral Mass Setting

Could you be a bit more specific about the sort of thing you want? From your reference to Byrd am I right in thinking you want an a capella setting with no instrumental backing etc? Are you necessarily wedded just to an SATB lineup? Are you looking at just Latin settings, or English ones? If the lat...