Tag Archives: Church music

Excita, Domine…

This is a spiritual conference for the Sunday Last before Advent. I have not recorded Mass today. To be frank, I am going through a period of tiredness and SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and I am sure that the lockdown … Continue reading

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Spinarseholes!

I spent most of my teenage years in York and was fascinated by the Minster organ. I occasionally got to play it (outside services) and the exhilarating experience would be something like flying a fighter jet! I knew John Rothera … Continue reading

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Bach’s Cantata on Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme

Quoted from the You Tube page: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 (1731) Boy Soprano: Alan Bergius Tenor: Kurt Equiluz Bass: Thomas Hampson Chorus master: Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden Tölzer Knabenchor Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt Concentus musicus Wien I. Chorus: Wachet … Continue reading

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Mega Churches

It is an American phenomenon above all. It’s rather frightening. The mega church (or these two words joined together) is a term used to describe a Protestant, Evangelical or Pentecostalist church of more than a couple of thousand worshippers at … Continue reading

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Gregorian Chant

I have just left a comment on Patrick Sheridan’s In answer… on a number of questions of church music. I was brought up in the Anglican tradition at St Peter’s School and a number of parishes in York gravitating around … Continue reading

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Sarum Chant

This recording has been around for a number of years and is now on Youtube. With a Canterbury cap tip to Rad Trad, I reproduce this link. See Sarum Christmas Mass. I made the observation over there: I was in … Continue reading

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And the House was filled with smoke!

My statistics page indicates that someone was looking for an anthem containing the words “And the house was filled with smoke”, which I believe come from the Prophet Isaiah. It is none other than John Stainer’s I saw the Lord. … Continue reading

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The Liturgical Organist

The craft of the church organist is an old one. I first accompanied a hymn in my school chapel in 1973 – and made a mess of it. I was totally nerve-racked and little less than racked by my housemaster … Continue reading

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Cecilian Movement

I have written a couple of articles recently about Don Lozenzo Perosi and his major compositions, in particular his oratorios and secular orchestral works. I mentioned his church music in passing, for its style is totally different. These works are … Continue reading

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La Risurrezione di Cristo

Yesterday, I sang the praises of that great Italian musician and churchman Don Lorenzo Perosi. As we enter the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey, one of the Old Testament figures of the Transitus Domini, I present you one … Continue reading

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