ERE IS A BEAUTIFUL SETTING you might want your choir to sing for Pentecost. At our FSSP parish in Los Angeles, we’ve been doing something I never thought would sound good. We’ve been mixing metrical hymns (accompanied by organ) with short polyphonic refrains (a cappella). The contrast works surprisingly well.
To accompany the hymn sections, organists can use this.
By the way, in grad school, they told a story about Tomás Luis de Victoria, who may have studied with Palestrina. According to the story, Palestrina was jealous of Victoria’s first drafts—and it’s not hard to see why. In another post, I can elaborate on what we know about Renaissance composers with certainty. 1
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1 Spoiler alert: it’s not much!