Music Notes

Music Notes for Trinity 15

by Bryan Anderson This week I thought I’d share some background on one of the ubiquitous parts of our services, the singing of the Old Hundredth doxology, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow,” etc. Sometimes people in the Episcopal tradition are surprised to realize that there is no Prayer Book rubric for a doxology…

Music Notes: Remembering 9/11

This Sunday will be the second appearance of our young choristers in services. They have been working hard on Thomas Tallis’ “Purge Me, O Lord,” and all the service music that accompanies Morning Prayer. I wanted to take the opportunity to share with all of you a story that relates not only to young singers,…

Music Notes: Bach, Numbers, and the Decalogue

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As we typically do on the first Sunday of the month, this week we will hear the Decalogue, or Ten Commandments, at the beginning of our service.  This time I decided to pair a work with it as an opening voluntary that is based on the traditional Lutheran sung version of the Decalogue, the chorale…

Music Notes: Old Men and Children

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by Bryan Anderson, Director of Music Several years ago, while working at Wells Cathedral, I was fortunate enough to participate in a festival service of the Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers’ Associations, which combined the boys and girls of the cathedral choir with dozens of chorister “alumni” from various institutions. Since the inclusion of girls…

Music Notes for Trinity 11

This Sunday there are a few exciting musical happenings! After the 10 am service, all will have the opportunity to go in our bell tower and see how change-ringing is accomplished. I’m sure you’ll agree that it has been too long since we heard our bells regularly, and YOU can be a part of bringing…

Music Notes for Ascensiontide

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Ascensiontide is a short but fascinating season. There is on the one hand the celebration of Jesus’ returning into heaven and taking his place seated at the right hand of the Father; but there is also the ten-day period in which the apostles were left without him and before the Holy Spirit came upon them…

Music Notes for Rogation Sunday

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Good liturgy offers connections and insights to those who are looking for it. I was reminded of this in a few ways recently. John Rutter wrote a short essay about this with respect to the music at the funeral of Prince Philip; but closer to home, I had one of our first-grade boys at St.…

Music Notes for Easter 2

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This week we will celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday, when we recall one of the great “I am” statements of Jesus: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11-12). The other text most powerfully associated with this theme is of course Psalm 23, “The Lord is my…

Music Notes for Palm Sunday

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This week, as we all know, we are hoping to be back indoors in the church. I am very excited about this prospect, and about getting our organs back “online!” I can’t help but think that the Palm Sunday imagery of gate-opening and entrance will be especially apropos if this happens. In this spirit, the…

Music Notes for Passion Sunday

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This Sunday is a double-edged liturgy; we are celebrating confirmation, which is a wonderful and happy occasion, but we also enter the endgame of Lent, known as Passiontide, in which we trace the suffering and death of our Savior. Our offertory anthem ties together the two themes of this service: the sacrifice of Christ, and…