Friday, July 27, 2007

Be it resolved: the right tempo of Hillert “Festival Canticle”

Lutherans have, I believe, sung this one to death since the late 1970s. It’s interesting to observe the various tempi used, though - some places are literally twice as fast as others are.

Here is what I think is a very nice tempo for this (IMO) very majestic-sounding song:
http://www.litpress.org/mp3s/feast.mp3

(I have heard it sung almost twice as fast!)

I do know the conductor of the recording (J. Michael Thompson), and I would be surprised if he did not confer with Hillert on tempos, especially since it comes from an anthology recording of Hillert’s works.

7 Comments:

At Friday, July 27, 2007 3:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the LCMS at least, "This is the Feast" is a replacement text for the Gloria and is almost universally used. I also noticed it's common to play it faster than most people can recite the words.

-Gavin

 
At Friday, July 27, 2007 3:33:00 PM, Blogger Cantor said...

Maybe the Lutherans just want to get through their service the same as 90-plus percent of Catholics seem to want. :)

 
At Sunday, July 29, 2007 8:20:00 AM, Blogger Dad29 said...

It is impossible to imagine that someone conducting that piece at TWICE the tempo in the recording has had a music education.

 
At Sunday, July 29, 2007 11:19:00 AM, Blogger Cantor said...

To be fair, I did mean almost twice the tempo. But actually, the director in question was indeed a music ed major at a fairly well-esteemed music school.

(Not that even Juilliard etc. don’t let in some duds.)

 
At Monday, July 30, 2007 8:33:00 AM, Blogger Brian Michael Page said...

I learned it a little faster than that on the .mp3, but certainly not twice the tempo, thank God.

I may defer to this post before programming it again. :)
BMP

 
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