Oh rather!!! That is one of the reasons for my enjoying the EF Mass. The study and knowledge of Classical Languages today is quite rare among the laity (AND clergy!! ). Therefore, the burden of singing the Mass is even greater on the Choir when all are sung in Latin. Mystery calls the soul to pursue with dogged desire; there must be a morsel of understanding, that of knowing that there is infinitly more to know, THIS is the 'carrot' on the stick. On the other hand there is a revalation which … [More]
SBpfu - Interesting. Then one needs to understand what 'meaning' is. Is understaning the text of the prayer a thoroughly academic thing? Or is understanding the text inclusive of both an event of the heart AND the mind?
But faith is a gift which might be given through either the heart or the mind, or both! "Lord I believe;help my unbelief" (St Paul). The mind apprehends the truth and the heart rejoices, the heart can intuit the truth and the mind's job, then, is to articulate the truth.
@Neasa - No one talked of concert vs liturgy. What I did say is that the words needed more attention (after all, in the Latin Rite, text is more important than melody and has always been maintained as such).
Therefore, it is highly Roman Catholic to use the melody to bring out the meaning of the text; text and melody are in symbiosis here. However, in the vespers in this video, the melody was offered but the text suffered.
This is all I am saying dear: when the music is used to bring out the … [More]
Poulenc's Salve Regina sung as simple prayer at end of Vespers or Poulenc's Salve Regina sung to show-off choir as a dramatic piece in concert - which, in a liturgical context, is more appropriate? For full programme sung by The Lassus Scholars at Fota IV seeFota IV Liturgical Conference, Cork Irelans, 9-11 July 2011: Musical List for the Liturgical …
Gorgeous, thanks! However, more word-painting is needed. The Poulenc all sounded the same; all the words were sung with a very similar expression and intensity, it might as well be sung in Russian! However, beautiful end of vespers. Thanks.
Perhaps next time the videographer will be located in a position where there are no distractions from people sitting in the pews. My suggestion? Tell those who are in the way (4 or 5 in this case) what you are intending to do, ask for their kind cooperation and give them $5 each for the inconvenience of having to relocate to a different area of the church (slightly to the left of camera).