Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Red Semifinal 2

Let’s wrap up the Spiritual Sixteen. One of these NPM Top-25′s will be the last to advance to the Eternal Eight. The top organ hymn in the Dance is now the top remaining seed. Will it outpoll “Pange Lingua”? Time … Continue reading

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Red Semifinal 1

Let’s settle up in the last bracket. “Come Holy Ghost” went to overtime against “Adoro Te Devote” in round 1, then had an easier time of it against “Be Not Afraid.” The likely number one contemporary setting of Psalm 23 … Continue reading

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Green Semifinal 2

The sixth poll of the Spiritual Sixteen: “One Bread, One Body” was a slight surprise, edging out Ave Maria by one vote in the last round. “Ubi Caritas,” whichever incarnation was in your minds, had two very easy votes to … Continue reading

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Green Semifinal 1

Another NPM choice goes to bat against a piece of season music. Here’s your ballot: I find it fascinating that the NPM pollsters didn’t think  of seasonal songs. Or perhaps Christians just take Christmas and other music for granted. But I’m … Continue reading

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Violet Semifinal 2

Another seasonal hymn that outpolled two NPM top-25′s. Respighi’s arrangement of the tune in the second movement of Trittico Botticelliano runs from the 1:15 mark to about 2:56 here. The last remaining number-one seed. Let’s vote:

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Violet Semifinal 1

“Veni Sancte Spiritus” had the easiest route to the Spiritual Sixteen, dispatching two poll opponents bya combined 56-7. And there’s “Holy Holy Holy,” a traditional hymn that seems ubiquitous, but didn’t make the NPM’s top-25.

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White Semifinal 2

Let’s vote on the other white bracket semifinalists: An NPM top-25 best known as an art song rather than in the older form of plainsong with the full text, Sacris Solemniis. The final two strophes begin at 3:04 in this … Continue reading

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White Semifinal 1

Let’s kick off the Spiritual Sixteen, shall we? In the 72-hour voting periods, “Silent Night,” probably the most popular Christmas song in the US, eked out a pair of one vote wins. “Prayer of St Francis,” also identified in hymnal-speak … Continue reading

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The Dance Regional Semi-Finals

Barring a huge comeback by “The Summons,” the regional semi-finals are set: In the violet corner, we have #1 You Are Mine vs #12 O Come O Come Emmanuel and #7 Holy Holy Holy vs #14 Veni Sancte Spiritus For … Continue reading

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Complete the 16

Last vote to complete the Spiritual Sixteen: Once this polling is complete on Wednesday, we’ll throw up the posts for the Sixteen.

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At the Core of the Paschal Mystery

This should be an intriguing match-up. Most of the NPM top-25 songs have been going down in polling in either the first round or in the second. Today we have the penultimate Theological Thirty-Two pairing, in which one will survive … Continue reading

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In the Far-Off Winter

One glaring omission in the NPM top-25 is the lack of seasonal music. I suspect that many of these Advent/Christmas songs would rise to the top of consideration, if people had them in mind. Due to the luck of the … Continue reading

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Two P’s, Two Gowns, and a Living Room Guitar

Pardon for passing up the polling yesterday. People, you have it here: For some reason, WordPress took out the rest of my commentary: You can hear John Paul II sing Pescador de Hombres here. As for Panis Angelicus, I prefer … Continue reading

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Come Holy Ghost, Be Not Afraid

Two number-one seeds (courtesy of NPM’s top-four) are already eliminated. Don’t be afraid of today’s polling, maybe another one is in danger: The Pentecost hymn needed “overtime” to outpoll “Adoro Te Devote.” Will this traditional hymn have an easier time … Continue reading

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Charity and Vision

Two double-digit seeds in today’s poll: I heard a really nice setting of Ubi Caritas Saturday night performed by the Ames Chamber Artists. Ola Gjeilo is a fine young composer who draws on plainsong and a modern sensibility of harmony. … Continue reading

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