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Richard J. Clark has served since 1989 as Music Director and Organist at Saint Cecilia Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Chapel Organist (Saint Mary’s Chapel) at Boston College. For the Archdiocese of Boston, he directed the Office of Divine Worship Saint Cecilia Schola. His compositions have been performed on four continents.
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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)
Free Communion Propers for Advent
published 8 November 2013 by Richard J. Clark

NFUSE CHANT WITH SOME PASSION! Energico e con moto is occasionally a helpful marking for Gregorian Chant or chant-inspired liturgical works. Chant must not be lethargic, plodding and boring. It can be tranquil at times, but always with movement. The texts are transformative. They propel us forward in spiritual maturity and closer to God. Keep moving forward and keep growing!

Free Download:
PDF • “Advent Communion Propers”
(for Schola, Organ, SATB)

• All are chant based.

• Includes communion propers for the four Sundays of Advent.

• Includes a setting for the Immaculate Conception on page 9. This year it falls on the Second Sunday of Advent (December 8th). Therefore, the Immaculate Conception is shifted to Monday, December 9th. My fellow blogger, Andrew Motyka brilliantly explains some interesting quirks of the liturgical calendar including information that pertains to the Immaculate Conception in his post Juggling Holy Days of Obligation.

• Can be sung with cantor or schola with organ. There is opportunity for optional SATB singing, designed to offer contrast with unison singing.

• Congregation inserts for worship aids found after page 9

THESE SETTINGS, LIKE MANY of my liturgical works, at times “float” around traditional harmony, “bending” not so much with dissonance, but hopefully with carefully placed color. This at times is to convey an ethereal tone, yet hopefully without drawing too much attention to itself.

In the end, I hope these are useful, prayerful, reverent, and with a bit of passion!