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by dmu3tem
Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Catholic influence on the wider Church
Replies: 20
Views: 10063

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: 10063

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: 4953

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: 2939

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 ...
by dmu3tem
Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Regulation of New Hymnals and their use
Replies: 18
Views: 9011

Re: Regulation of New Hymnals and their use

Many thanks for these helpful replies. Peter, you say some of this has been discussed on other threads. Before I wrote my message I did run a bit of a search on the forum without finding anything particularly significant recently (I glanced back through about 7 'pages' worth of threads). Obviously t...
by dmu3tem
Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Regulation of New Hymnals and their use
Replies: 18
Views: 9011

Regulation of New Hymnals and their use

I am a bit uncertain about the 'state of play' as regards official ecclesiastical policy in the Catholic Church in England and Wales concerning Hymnals. Could anyone enlighten me, especially on the following points: [1] What sort of advice or instructions are being given to parishes by the ecclesias...
by dmu3tem
Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Making time for prayer before Mass
Replies: 25
Views: 10855

Re: Making time for prayer before Mass

A useful distinction can be drawn between: [1] The needs of musicians. Grim experience teaches me that there are usually only two times they can be rehearsed (a) after Mass the previous sunday and (b) before Mass on the day. Having rehearsals at other times obviously produces better results, but mus...
by dmu3tem
Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Choral Workshop with James Macmillan
Replies: 6
Views: 3038

Re: Choral Workshop with James Macmillan

Do you know yet what is going to be sung? It might be interesting, for instance, to try some of James Macmillan's own choral works!
by dmu3tem
Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:47 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Guide for Accompanying Mass
Replies: 37
Views: 13694

Re: Guide for Accompanying Mass

I'm dealing with a music co-ordinator stepping down from the role, and a PP who had said that our solution is that - the liturgy committee will pick four hymns for each Mass at each monthly meeting (sure there's only 4 weeks, it will only take us 20 minutes!), - we give the selections to the parish...
by dmu3tem
Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Carols at Midnight Mass
Replies: 48
Views: 17800

Re: Carols at Midnight Mass

I face two basic problems with a Midnight Carol service in the Anglican church where I play: [1] Very few people turn up. Most people go to the Children's Nativity service at 6.00 pm. (The same sort of thing happens at the local Catholic church I previously played at). If I make elaborate musical pr...
by dmu3tem
Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Guide to accompaniment (4) Instrumentation/Registration
Replies: 1
Views: 4817

Guide to accompaniment (4) Instrumentation/Registration

Here is a fourth subtopic: Instrumentation and registration (selection of stops, buttons on Pipe Organ or other Keyboards). As before feel free to add your own ideas/advice/experience. Here are some random ideas for starters: [1] Instrumentation: (a) With music groups, because you have more players ...
by dmu3tem
Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Guide to accompaniment at Mass (3) Tempi
Replies: 2
Views: 5118

Re: Guide to accompaniment at Mass (3) Tempi

To encourage others to contribute practical advice of their own I will start something on: [1]the choice of tempi Ideas in random order - please feel free to add more of your own. [a] In general don't slow up at the end of each verse - congregations tend to re-start at the slower tempo you have reac...
by dmu3tem
Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Guide to accompaniment at Mass (3) Tempi
Replies: 2
Views: 5118

Guide to accompaniment at Mass (3) Tempi

I thought that here I would raise the issue of tempi. However instead of writing a lot of stuff of my own I would just porduce a list of subtopics/headings under which people could give their advice. And of course there is nothing to stop people adding other headings of their own. For convenience on...
by dmu3tem
Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Guide for accompanying Mass (2) Transposition
Replies: 7
Views: 8775

Guide for accompanying Mass (2) Transposition

Many thanks for the responses on my first thread with this title. I hope more keep coming. As there are so many sub-topics I thought I might run a number of separate threads to cater for each of them. This is the next one - on transposition. Here are my preliminary thoughts, based as before on my pr...
by dmu3tem
Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Guide for accompanying Mass
Replies: 5
Views: 6778

Re: Guide for accompanying Mass

Many thanks for this. Just what is needed, as I am sure different people have worked out different strategies to deal with their particular situation. In any case, on a thread like this I tend to write 'on the hoof' and only afterwards realise there are things that should be said, or said more caref...