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by dmu3tem
Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Realising Bishop Alan's hope
Replies: 53
Views: 17441

Re: Realising Bishop Alan's hope

Many thanks for the responses to my contributions on this thread. Many ask why I stick with the Missalettes. Apart from the answers given by myself and contrabourdon there are two personal ones: [1] As a composer I 'like' the challenge of setting 'difficult' texts; although I also moan about them. [...
by dmu3tem
Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Realising Bishop Alan's hope
Replies: 53
Views: 17441

Re: Realising Bishop Alan's hope

Bin the missalettes. They are of no use. Give the assembly a simple printed sheet with hymn texts psalm response etc all in one place. And they really do get used to reading the dots after a while Would that I could. Unfortunately I (like many church musicians) have no control over such policies. I...
by dmu3tem
Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Realising Bishop Alan's hope
Replies: 53
Views: 17441

Re: Realising Bishop Alan's hope

My question is, why would anyone want to keep to the ICEL texts anyway? They are not even an option for the Entrance and Communion antiphons, except in the USA. That gives composers the opportunity to think outside the box and come up with something that is rather more appropriate to the liturgical...
by dmu3tem
Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:14 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Realising Bishop Alan's hope
Replies: 53
Views: 17441

Re: Realising Bishop Alan's hope

Yes, this is an attractive idea. What about text copyrights though? I know this is maddening, but my understanding (no doubt flawed) is that publication on the internet without permission from text (including translation) copyright holders could render the website host as well as the composer liable...
by dmu3tem
Fri May 24, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Happy Birthday Wagner!
Replies: 19
Views: 4912

Re: Happy Birthday Wagner!

Perhaps we should also recall that Wagner became a rabid anti-semite. It has been argued (by Howard Goodall no less) that Parsifal (as well as The Meistersingers) is a vehicle for such ideas and that it was exploited by the Nazi party for this reason. Does this mean we should necessarily use any of ...
by dmu3tem
Fri May 24, 2013 3:07 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Year of Faith prayer
Replies: 3
Views: 1893

Re: Year of Faith prayer

Here are some suggestions: [1] Shorter phrases. [2] Simpler vocabulary [3] You might consider something more 'gender neutral' than 'men'. [4] Construct them with an eye to be set to music. Ideas - not necessarily in this order - and probably you should not use all of them in a single prayer, perhaps...
by dmu3tem
Tue May 07, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: ' ... educating children in good liturgy?'
Replies: 18
Views: 5777

Re: ' ... educating children in good liturgy?'

Here are some ad hoc reactions: I find it remarkable that everyone here is talking about introducing children to church music - as opposed to textual/gestural concerns pertaining to liturgy. Nothing wrong with that in itself of course. If one sticks to church music I think there are three related pr...
by dmu3tem
Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Organ nightmares
Replies: 47
Views: 17450

Re: Organ nightmares

Yes, the anacrusis version certainly had something to do with it but, Mission Praise being what it is, there were other issues with the text and the way the music was adjusted to fit it. My main point was really to do with the dangers arising from using other hymnals than the one used by the congreg...
by dmu3tem
Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Out with the Inwood, and in with the oldwood
Replies: 10
Views: 4698

Re: Out with the Inwood, and in with the oldwood

I glanced at the remarks made by Bishop Egan that triggered this exchange; and liked much of what I saw. However, the feature that arrested my attention was the idea that if we have a multicultural society with many people for whom English is only a second language then priests should be enjoined to...
by dmu3tem
Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Organ nightmares
Replies: 47
Views: 17450

Re: Organ nightmares

Here is an experience I encountered only yesterday - I would not be surprised if others have had it; but it does contain a useful lesson. We picked 'Be Thou My Vision' as the opening hymn. As this was Anglican All Age Worship with Baptism we used Mission Praise as our hymnal. However as its setting ...
by dmu3tem
Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Catholic influence on the wider Church
Replies: 20
Views: 6663

Re: Catholic influence on the wider Church

So sorry that my reply to a question has diverted attention from the original topic: How much influence does Catholic church music in England have on the music of other Christian denominations? Is it expanding or contracting? In my original contribution I used the term 'Folk' music/groups as a short...
by dmu3tem
Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Catholic influence on the wider Church
Replies: 20
Views: 6663

Re: Catholic influence on the wider Church

You asked for my definition of 'folk' musicians. Here is my approach (not necessarily the official one). I mean smallish instrumental groups consisting of Guitars (playing rhythm chords but unable otherwise to read music), singers (usually untrained voices and the same as the Guitar players) and (so...
by dmu3tem
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Catholic influence on the wider Church
Replies: 20
Views: 6663

Re: Catholic influence on the wider Church

Yes, Catholic musical influence on other churches is certainly more extensive than it used to be. However, there are still many serious problems: [1] If all denominations have Sunday services at more or less the same time this reduces the potential for cross-over, not so much amongst the 'rank and f...
by dmu3tem
Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Communion Antiphon Lent 5 music setting
Replies: 2
Views: 2608

Communion Antiphon Lent 5 music setting

Last Saturday evening I noted that the prescribed Communion Antiphon text was this: 'Has no one condemned you, woman? No one, Lord. Neither shall I condemn you. From now, sin no more.' Note the problems this poses to the composer: This is a dialogue, and therefore needs to be sung by 2 solo singers ...
by dmu3tem
Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: It's a bit too much work reflection.
Replies: 5
Views: 1886

Re: It's a bit too much work reflection.

Yes, I know exactly the sort of problems you face. However, at the end of the day, people need to understand that if performances of music are to be any good - or least give confident firm leads to congregations - then rehearsals are necessary. If people are not prepared - or able - to find time to ...