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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…

Notes on the Music for Lent 4

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This Sunday we are giving a “day off” to the men of the choir, and taking an opportunity to use music written for high voices alone. One of my very favorite pieces of music in this vein is John Ireland‘s “Ex ore innocentium.”  The text is the fairly well-known poem, appropriate for Lent and Passiontide,…

Notes on the Music for Lent 3

by Bryan Anderson, Director of Music Our service this third Sunday in Lent features the anthem “Nolo mortem peccatoris,” composed by the Elizabethan musician Thomas Morley. The text is actually in English, other than the titular line, which is repeated at the end of each stanza as a litany. It is from Ezekiel 33: “I…

MUSIC NOTES⎯THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER 2018

by Giles Brightwell This coming Sunday is The Second Sunday after Easter. The hymns reflect the themes included in the readings: discipleship and God and Jesus as shepherd of the sheep. The first hymn, ‘The Lord’s my shepherd’ to the tune CRIMOND, is a well-known metrical version of Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)…

A Mentor, Colleague, and Friend Retires

by Giles Brightwell. My mentor, colleague and friend, Dr James Lancelot, has just retired after 32 years’ service as Canon Organist and Master of the Choristers at Durham Cathedral in the northeast of England. James’s anniversary also coincides with my own, having completed my 32nd Christmas playing the organ in church. Early Days James started…