To repeat or not to repeat: that is the question!
The merits of repetition and variation.
The Church’s patrimony of sacred music is so rich, so replete with material for most any occasion, that it seems on the surface we ought not need to repeat. But there are good reasons to repeat repertoire tastefully.
I prefer this old recording—but there are plenty of modern recordings available if you don’t like it.
Psalm 51 occurs a dozen times in the lectionary during the year, for such diverse days such as St. Thomas Aquinas, weekdays during ordinary Time, many days in Lent, and the Easter Vigil.
Today, rehearsal videos were uploaded for each *individual* voice part: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass.
Post-Liberal Theology compares a religion to a language. How might that comparison, which could include the concept of a “vocabulary” of liturgical music, inform how we think about repeating repertoire?
Sometimes a music director can encounter criticism about the music program. The good side of this is that it shows that someone cares.
Sheen has sometimes been criticized for avoiding mention of the sacred liturgy during his talks, but I cannot agree with such a view.
I’m sure I’m not the only one to feel this way: certain celebrations don’t feel right without “that piece.”
Many churches have turned to live streaming during these difficult times. But getting the audio quality right is challenging. Here are some tips!
“Repetition” in the Age of Streaming Masses…
Father Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923) called this “perhaps the greatest of all hymns.”
My own growth as a musician for the Liturgy has culminated in my pastor allowing me to sing the Propers in English: the realization of a decade-long dream.
During Advent, choirmasters must plan Christmas. During Lent, choirmasters must plan Easter. And so on.
“The tunes and ditties of the radio will be meaningless in the magnitude of one’s final moments; only the psalms can bear the weight of the moment.” —Barry Rose
“I have made the mistake in the past of scheduling a whole set of new pieces for three of four weeks in a row.”
There’s an old saying: “Show me your friends, and I will tell you who you are.”
I composed this organ accompaniment yesterday, looking ahead towards Eastertide.
Including Fulton J. Sheen, Charles de Foucauld, and a Homily by Father Valentine Young, OFM
The Congregation has released a short document with pertinent guidance.
Finding the “perfect” accompaniment for hymns can be challenging. Here is my attempt.
Free download of Stella Caeli – a hymn against outbreaks of contagious disease along with the Litany of Our Lady.
An extremely rare hymnal compiled by the Most Rev’d Joseph Schrembs, Bishop of Cleveland, Ohio.
There’s something comforting about the Brébeuf hymnal translations, since they were created by Catholic priests.
The Litany of St Joseph in Latin chant with an English translation.