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Dr. Lucas Tappan is a conductor and organist whose specialty is working with children. He lives in Kansas with his wife and two sons.
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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

A Must Have For The Choir Director's Shelf
published 4 August 2015 by Lucas Tappan

LMT Choral Repertoire EARLY A YEAR and a half ago, I came across a must have book for every choir director’s shelf, Choral Repertoire by Dennis Shrock. Mr. Shrock presents the major repertoire spanning the history of Western choral music, from Medieval to Modern, with notes on more than 5,000 works, arranged in such a way as to make research easy.

Since a vast portion of that music is sacred in character (and much of that specifically written for use in the Catholic Church), the book is invaluable for the church musician. I find the section on Modern Music helpful in finding new works for use in the liturgy, from settings of the Mass to motets. You can buy it here on Amazon.