Music Notes

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…

Music Notes for Ash Wednesday & Lent I

Gregorio Allegri’s glorious setting of Psalm 51 will be sung by the St. Thomas’ Parish Choir for the Ash Wednesday Eucharist at 7.00pm on March 1. The Choir will also sing the Kyrie from Mass for Five voices and Ave Verum Corpus by WIlliam Byrd. Sunday’s music includes two spirituals, I Want Jesus to Walk With Me, arranged by Roderick WIlliams and Deep River, arranged by Giles Brightwell. Click through for notes and recordings.

Music Notes for Advent 3

10.30AM MORNING PRAYER This Sunday the Parish Choir will be singing Orlando Gibbons’s (1583-1625) setting This is the Record of John The Gospel reading normally set for the Fourth Sunday in Advent includes part of the first Chapter of the Gospel according to John. “These words are set by Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625) as This is…

Music Notes for Trinity 25 (Veterans’ Sunday)

The composition of the Morning and Evening service in B flat major ‘went on to transform the world of Anglican church music conceptually, stylistically, and aesthetically, and would act as a central model for new generations of church composers well into the future.’ Jeremy Dibble’s analysis in his monograph, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Man and Musician hits the nail on the head. The Brahmsian accent, which also brought a more operatic style to church music of the late-Victorian era, was a welcome innovation. The B flat major service was written in three stages during the course of 1879 with the Benedictus being sung side by side with the Te Deum from 24 August that year and the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis were sung in the Evening.

Music Notes for Reformation Sunday

MORNING PRAYER CANTICLE Te Deum in F by John Ireland (1879-1962) The Te Deum in F was written in 1907 for the men and boys choir of St. Luke’s Parish Church, in Chelsea, for whom the vast majority of Ireland’s church music output was written. The choir at St. Luke’s was one of a number…

Music Notes for Trinity 22

We are delighted and honored to welcome The Rev’d Dr. William (Bill) Bradley Roberts to St. Thomas’ this morning to direct the Parish Choir and guests in the singing of his anthem, I saw a stranger yester-e’en. Dr. Roberts is currently Professor of Church Music at Virginia Theological Seminary and Director of Chapel Music. He received…

Music Notes for Trinity 21

Music you will hear at St. Thomas’ this Sunday, the Twenty-first after Trinity. 10.30AM HOLY COMMUNION ANTHEM Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Geistliches Leid Op. 30 A recording, sung by the Stuttgart Chamber Choir may be found here: Composed in 1856 when he was 23 years old, Geistliches Leid (Sacred Song) is Brahms’s earliest accompanied choral work.…

Music Notes: Trinity 20

At St. Thomas’, we offer the service of Morning Prayer on the second Sunday of each month and Choral Evensong from September through May. Herewith, notes for the music you will hear at these two services. 10.30AM MORNING PRAYER CANTICLE Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Jubilate from the Morning Service in B flat major [It…