Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Closing Songs

Liturgy geeks know there is no song of dismissal or sending or closing in the official Mass. Composers after and even long before Vatican II have inserted music at the end of liturgy. Whether it be the end of Compline … Continue reading

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Joel Ushers In Lent

The Liturgy Commission got a few choices from me for Lenten entrance music. They chose the plea from Joel (not Billy): Parce, Domine, parce populo tuo: ne in aeternum irascaris nobis. The great prelude begins tomorrow: before Lent’s first Sunday … Continue reading

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An enormously long blog post here contrasting the use of chant and official texts versus non-plainsong and other texts. As usual, the reform2 stance suffers from a bit of myopia. Note their use of certain terms: Four-hymn sandwich began as … Continue reading

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Down The Rabbit Hole With Accompaniment

I found an interesting discussion thread at CMAA’s forum here. It brings to mind the cartoon Liam has surfaced here. I’ll confess upfront I’ve accompanied or overseen the accompaniment of the Exsultet a number of times. IĀ have no hesitation doing … Continue reading

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Christmas Lyric Changes

Deacon Greg Kandra, swept up in a re-anchorage at Aleteia, muses on those words they changed. I found the link on PrayTell, where Anthony Ruff reminds us that changing hymn texts is not new at all. The deacon’s concluding argument … Continue reading

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Early Singing About Magi

Devin and Liam’s comments about “WCIT” brought to mind an issue of certain Christmas songs. One concern voiced about singing “Wood of the Cradle” at my parish was a third verse that mentioned the magi. “That’s why we never learnedĀ it,” … Continue reading

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Two From A Gentle Night

A modern Christmas song here. David Haas covered it a number of years ago, but the original has a more nuanced guitar, plus some understated strings. When I was in my grad school days, my music director pulled out a … Continue reading

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