Sunday, 12 December 2010
|Entrance||Rejoice for ever (mcb)|
|Psalm||Ps 145 (Rees/Bévenot)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Advent Gospel Acclamations (Alan Smith)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Rejoice in the Lord Alway (anon, c. 1600)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen||Mass XVIII (in English)|
|Agnus Dei||Mass of the Angels and Saints (Steven R. Janco)|
|Communion||(i) O Radix Jesse |
(ii) Be strong, our God has come (Psallite)
|Recessional||Come, thou long-expected Jesus|
We had two contrasting settings of today's Entrance Antiphon Rejoice in the Lord always, the well-known anonymous polyphonic setting, and my own setting in contemporary style.
My version was originally conceived as a setting of the whole of Philippians 4:4-9, written for unison voices with piano, guitar and saxophone accompaniment. By the time it got into print the saxophone part had morphed (at the publisher’s suggestion) into a choral descant with the Latin text Gaudete in Domino (Rejoice in the Lord). The verses got chopped about a bit too. We found today that in its revised form it all works quite nicely as a ‘choir and organ’ piece; to my surprise, given how far it had come from the version I originally thought of.
We were treated beforehand to a masterful improvised toccata on the two themes from our inimitable organist Anthony. I tell him he should write it all down, but then, he rightly retorts, it wouldn't be improvised any more.