Thursday, July 26, 2007

Two very nice OCP titles

Yes, you read that heading correctly.

OCP has a label called “Trinitas” under which they publish some really nice
choral repertoire.

A couple examples:

David Hurd O How Amiable (Ps. 84:1-6)

Colin Mawby The Light of the Trinity (text by St. Ambrose)

Both of the above links are to the full octavo in downloadable preview. (Mawby is a very well-known British composer.)

These are, alas, both beyond what I feel comfortable giving to my church choir. But, maybe some of you out there have more resources than I for doing this stuff.

EDIT: All of the Trinitas titles are listed in the following link. Several of them have web previews:

Another nice-looking one is the “Four Advent Antiphons”, which sets all of the Sunday Advent introits to what seems a modern polyphonic idiom - not as “intense” as Palestrina, but more accessible and making use of the still-official English translations from the Missal.


At Friday, July 27, 2007 9:09:00 AM, Blogger Jeffrey Tucker said...

Oh, I don't know. I just read through that O Amiable. Sounds like ten thousand anthems heard at middle-brow Methodist churches: puffed up, cliche ridden, and manipulative. Sorry, that's just my subjective view of all this stuff.

At Friday, July 27, 2007 12:43:00 PM, Blogger Cantor said...

That could be - I am not well-versed with the choral repertoire of middle-brow Methodist churches.

I’ll grant that there is at least a slight whiff of cheese in those diminished chords at cadences - still there aren’t many of them.

It certainly has a good deal more musical interest than the SLJs and provides plenty of room for musical challenge and growth for even most above-average Catholic church choirs. Tuning some of those chords is a meaty challenge.

At Friday, July 27, 2007 5:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All good music, although I can't stand the bland translations of the antiphons. For Sunday 3, I'd rather use the famous "Rejoice in the Lord Alway" and there's a number of other "Rorate Caelli"s you can use (including the Joncas now!) I guess you are stuck for the first 2, but there's always chant :P


At Saturday, July 28, 2007 9:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you need to give your choir a little more credit you may be suprised even the one's who don't read music might catch on pretty quickly at least they won't complain because they are in English

At Friday, August 03, 2007 9:16:00 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

Have you enjoyed any of John Schiavone's compositions? I like "O How Blest".


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