Music Notes

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…

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…