Our choirs should not sound mechanical. Beautiful music its waiting to be discovered.
Jeff’s recent post made me think that perhaps a recap of all the events so far at Westminster Cathedral would be helpful to readers.
My friend, Richard J. Clark, sent me a screenshot from the “Catholic Organist Group.”
Only an insane person would post this publicly—but I “fit the bill”…so here goes!
The resignation of Martin Baker was quite a shock to the Catholic world.
Dr. Terry says: “The melody must be clearly defined, free from triviality and trite clichés, avoiding harmonies that are sugary or sensuous.”
Everyone is searching for a silver bullet. Perhaps it’s a certain education method, a special book or a technique. Standing somewhat in opposition to all of these various techniques and methods is the English choir school, where the director stands in front of the boys and says “that’s an A, now sing it!”
The 2nd part has blank staves, so you can compose your own harmonies!
Better late than never, right?
Just because I’m aware of something that happened in the past doesn’t mean I endorse it.