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Don Lorenzo Perosi

You might not know the music of Lorenzo Perosi (1872-1956) (more detailed article in Italian) who was an extremely gifted composer in the great Italian operatic tradition. However, he never composed operas. Giacomo Puccini is quoted as saying that “C’è … Continue reading

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In pace in idipsum

For this Good Friday, I offer you my musical setting of the text In pace in idipsum, which is sung at the Burial of Christ at the end of the Mass of the Presanctified in the Use of Sarum. Our … Continue reading

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Great Peter of York

I was looking for some old York Minster choral and organ music from the Dr Francis Jackson days, and I came across something that really brings back old memories. It is nothing other than Great Peter, the bourdon bell of … Continue reading

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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Advent arrives once again, and we lose the Gloria and the Ite missa est, at least those of us who follow the Sarum rules. Like the Alleluia silenced in Septuagesima and Lent blooming forth at the Paschal Vigil, the Gloria … Continue reading

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Josef Rheinberger

I pinched this beautiful motet in German by Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901) from the Anglican Diaspora forum, but I have my own thoughts about this little-known nineteenth-century composer born in Leichtenstein amidst the soaring Alps. Bleib bei uns, denn es will … Continue reading

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Anglican Patrimony – the world seen from the organ loft

Now this is what I call Anglican Patrimony. Many years ago, we had humour, and sometimes we didn’t take our religion very seriously… This is taken from Gordon Reynolds, Full Swell, Novello 1972. * * * PHRASES IN CONSTANT USE … Continue reading

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Hey, You, the Middle Ball

When I was a chorister, it was the time when Series III was introduced in the 1970’s. It was the first modern language Eucharist service in the Church of England. Series I was more or less the 1928 Prayer Book … Continue reading

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And for Good Friday

Francis Poulenc, Tenebrae factae sunt

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Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est

Motet by Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986), organist of St Etienne du Mont, Paris.

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Anglican Church Music to the Rescue

If Not Sacred Music, but Sounds of Attack by Sandro Magister is anything to go by, the Roman musical tradition is on its last legs. On the other hand, the choir of Westminster Abbey is welcomed in Rome to sing … Continue reading

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