NE OF THE MOST AWESOME things we do at my parish is Sunday Vespers. The whole congregation sings, alternating between Men & Women. It is beautiful beyond anything I could have imagined, although it took us a few months to get going. This would not be possible without the 465-page book I mentioned, created by Albert Bloomfield. The Magnificat changes each week, and I accompany Vespers on the organ. (Reminder: The men and women alternate, sitting on opposite sides of the congregation.) So, what scores do I use to accompany the (ever-changing) Magnificat antiphon & verse?
Well, you can see them if you wish (see below). You’ll notice the harmonies underneath the psalm tones are missing, because I like to improvise them.
These scores are very ugly—they are for private use only.
(Version for singers, since this Tone is difficult, can
also be printed for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost.
* * (Magn. Ant. + Verse) • 22 December (verse 10 has error)
For some reason, I find it easier to improvise the harmonies for psalm tones, rather than read them.
If you have never done Vespers before, this xerox sheet is (perhaps) the best way to begin.