Sunday, 25 February 2018
|Entrance||Be still for the presence of the Lord|
|Psalm||Ps 115 (McCarthy/Bévenot)|
|Gospel Acclamation||Glory and Praise (mcb)|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Visionem Quam Vidistis (Malcolm Hill, b. 1944)|
|Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen||Mass XVII|
|Agnus Dei||Mass XVII|
|Communion||Turn to me (John Foley)|
At the end of today’s Gospel narrative of the Transfiguration, we hear Jesus’s stern instruction: As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. (Mark 9:2-10). Malcolm Hill’s fiery medieval dance-like setting takes the corresponding words from Matthew, where our Lord’s words are given directly rather than reported: Tell no one about the vision you have seen, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead. (Mt 17:9) The music, to my untutored ear reminiscent of Machaut or something similar from the fourteenth century*, was written in 1971 for the choir of St Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, where the composer was organist and choirmaster. An interesting find on the ICSLP web site.
*update: a bit of digging suggests maybe Léonin or Pérotin, which would make it late twelfth or early thirteenth century respectively. Medieval Parisian, anyway. Anyone more knowledgeable care to offer an opinion?