Easter Sunday (2013)

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Entrance Jesus Christ is Ris’n Today
Gloria Psallite
Psalm This is the Day (mcb)
SequenceVictimae Paschali Laudes (J. William Greene)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Gospel Acclamation (Brian Luckner)
Preparation of the Gifts Now the green blade riseth
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Spring Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei from No Greater Love (Michael Joncas)
Communion Confitemini Domino (Taizé) & Ps 117 (Laurence Bévenot)
Postcommunion Alleluia Surrexit Dominus (Jacquet de Mantua, 1483-1559)
Recessional (i) Go in peace, Alleluia (chanted)
(ii) At the Lamb’s high feast

I reckon Anthony must have been caught out by the clocks changing; at least, his brain was still on snooze when he gave us the start note for our postcommunion motet - top C would have been just right for Lassus the previous night, but for Jacquet we would really have preferred an A. I’m not sure which I’d rather have been equipped with: perfect pitch or a laser death ray gun. (It would have been a pain to have to recruit a new organist, to be fair, and whoever we got wouldn’t be as good as Anthony.) Still, the choir coped admirably, not least the tenors, who had to spend more time than was strictly comfortable around top A. Plainly it’s possible to make beautiful music even while singing with puzzled and/or pained expressions on our faces.

Happy Easter everyone!

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