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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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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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Marian Meditations on RJC Cecilia Music
published 5 December 2014 by Richard J. Clark

HEN I WAS YOUNG I never viewed the Blessed Virgin Mary as a great source of inspiration for composition. How wrong I was. Mary has been an enormous artistic inspiration to me. Aside from the fact that the rosary was a big part my life growing up, I believe it was Mary’s “Yes!” to God that is the overwhelming inspiration. I have no words to express this gift of “Yes!” to us all. Let music express this joy instead.

Some of these have been featured (even more than once) on this blog, but I leave offer it here for meditation and perhaps inspiration:

Ave Maria, Performed around the world by the American Boychoir – score available for digital download with RJC Cecilia Music

* *  1 • YouTube:  Ave Maria | SSAT | The American Boychoir, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Director [video]

* *  2 • YouTube:  Ave Maria | TTBB | Schola Cantorum Sanctorum Angelorum, Andrew Leung, Director [video]

Gaudens Gaudebo – I Will Greatly Rejoice!, performed by organist, Rosalind Mohnsen at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C. Based on the Introit for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, this work also includes several Marian themes quoted throughout.

Score available for digital download with RJC Cecilia Music


Finally, another setting of Ave Maria from a larger nine movement work, called “Woman.” This movement was performed by the Seraphim Singers.

Score available for digital download with RJC Cecilia Music