Mass of St Ignatius – Laloux
Ave Maria – Carl Rutti
Ave verum corpus – Elgar
What was the organ voluntary following today’s 11.15 mass? It was very jaunty. A fellow parishioner told me afterwards that it reminded her of the seaside. From the smile on her face, she enjoyed it, as did I.
On another point, is it permissible to request a hymn for the last mass of the month? Having watched the film Atonement this week, I was reminded how much at school I enjoyed singing ‘Dear lord and father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways’. The words may – in the protestant fashion – tend toward the rhubarb, but the tune itself is a cracker. It is a joy to sing.
Thank you for your comments – it was a March by Lefebure-Wely, a favourite with one of the choir who is in hospital (but recovering) so we recorded it to send to her.
Dear Lord and Father is a splendid hymn which we have done many times, but I’m happy to include it again soon (tune by Parry) when we return after the summer break.
BTW, for those who are missing their usual Sunday Mass dose of great music while our choir and organist are having a well-earned break, could I point out that the BBC Proms had a splendid rendition of Bach’s Mass in B minor the other night. You can download it from the BBC iPlayer (go to bbc.co.uk, click on iPlayer at the top and click on B (for BBC Proms) in the A to Z list of TV programmes). It really is wonderful: you can see where Mozart got many of of his choral ideas from (which, to be fair, Mozart readily admitted).
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