A colleague sent me links to OCP Publications’ web pages announcing four revised and five new Mass settings.
In anticipation of the new translation of the Roman Missal, OCP has chosen five new and four revised Mass settings for initial publication. We have worked closely with our composers and customers to develop parish-tested Mass settings you can choose with confidence.
Parish-tested. That’s promising. I often wonder how they did it in South Africa on the music front. Did they ignore the texts of the Mass ordinary and plug along with the old settings? Did some musicians adapt their own and others’ Mass settings? Even though we’ve all been told not to use the new texts, we do know that the pope allowed new texts to be used for WYD in Australia in ’08.
From an interview with Dan Schutte, whose Mass of Christ the Savior is one of the new offerings:
(I)t is Christ himself, as Head of the Mystical Body, who presides over our Sunday celebration and offers the Body’s praise and thanksgiving to God. For me it moves my soul to imagine that every time we celebrate Mass it is Christ the Savior stands there to pray with us, sing with us, proclaim the scripture with us, give thanks with us, and finally, share the meal of his own body and blood with us. The title Mass of Christ the Savior seemed most appropriate.
Anybody heard or seen the music for any of these settings? If you have, what do you think?