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Oh, right...I just realized that in my hurry this morning I got my Palestrina mixed up with my Pergolesi :doh:

Here's the gorgeous "Suscepit Israel" Bass and Tenor duet from Pergolesi's Magnificat :love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI13PwPymHs

It was the Palestrina Missa Aeterna Christi Munera Agnus Dei I couldn't find!
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Oh, I do that all the time. Has anyone ever seen them in the same room together? :suspicious:
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A puppy, Prim? Hehe, sweet! :D

Crucifer, it may be easy to sing the notes, but it's still not easy to sing them well. ;)
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Primula Baggins wrote:Oh, I do that all the time. Has anyone ever seen them in the same room together? :suspicious:
:D

I love classical music as well. I will listen to the links when Freddy is not napping next to me. I don't want to scare him awake with Palestrina or Pergolesi. :P

In Christ Alone and The Power of the Cross went well today. People may have thought my vibrato on my pennywhistle was especially haunting today. It was nothing more than me quaking in my boots, as I was so nervous this morning! :rofl: (Our pastoral candidate preached this morning, and we voted on him afterwards.)

Now I don't know about that side of the pond, but Chris Tomlin's music is very popular over here for contemporary worship services.

Here are 3 other songs we did this morning: (I'm just now realizing all 3 of them are Chris Tomlin songs! LOL!)

Your Grace Is Enough

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

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Pergolesi's Stabat Mater is :love:

Oh, and Rachmaninov's Vespers. :bow: I have the recording done by the Corydon Singers, which I can't recommend highly enough. Such magnificent music, and so haunting and worshipful. The Russian Orthodox liturgy is so very rich.
Lalaith wrote:In Christ Alone and The Power of the Cross went well today. People may have thought my vibrato on my pennywhistle was especially haunting today. It was nothing more than me quaking in my boots, as I was so nervous this morning! :rofl:
Glad to hear that. :hug:
Now I don't know about that side of the pond, but Chris Tomlin's music is very popular over here for contemporary worship services.
Here too. :)

Lali, have you heard of Kathryn Scott? She's from Northern Ireland and writes beautiful worship songs. Here's her lovely 'At the foot of the cross':
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsc1QSw6 ... re=related

Continuing the Celtic flavour, here's Joanne Hogg of the band Iona (one of my favourite Christian bands of all time, with their fusion of folk, jazz and rock) singing 'O, the deep, deep love of Jesus'. She has a beautifully pure Irish voice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I63j9FUe ... re=related

Joanne and the band singing 'Treasure':
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMppT0MdWMg

The Kells theme from Iona's stunning 1992 album 'The Book of Kells' (I just love this album):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MINkOVgQjk0

'Matthew the Man' from the same album (I often hear this haunting music played at a local garden centre!):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_Qefxfv ... re=related

Quite a powerful collection of images ...
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Pearly Di wrote:Oh, and Rachmaninov's Vespers. :bow: I have the recording done by the Corydon Singers, which I can't recommend highly enough. Such magnificent music, and so haunting and worshipful.
I have to admit I'd never heard of it before we started rehearsing it. :oops: :)
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Crucifer, it may be easy to sing the notes, but it's still not easy to sing them well. Wink
Well, yeah, but that goes for pretty much everything. :P

We sang a men's voices eucharist this morning, so there were only 8 of us.

Mass Setting: Duruflé's 'Messe Cum Jubilo': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZDzo2hRhZs (This is just the Benedictus, which is a solo. The choir parts were organ reductions. This guys voice annoys me. Duruflé is basically fancy plainsong, which is not what this guy is doing. :( )

Motet: Byrd, Circumdederent Me. Alas, YouTube doesn't have this stunningly simple work.
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Just dropping by to say that the Lotti "Crucifixus" went really well tonight - we had an hour of music and readings for Palm Sunday, culminating with the Lotti, so our voices were feeling the strain by the time we got to it, especially as we'd been rehearsing for an hour beforehand too. We sang it in a circle around the font in our church, which is under the tower and has the best acoustics. The experience was truly exhilarating! :happydance:

We also sang Shütz's "Praise be to thee, Lord Jesus", Farrant's "Hide not thou thy face" and Geoff Weaver's arrangement of "What Wondrous Love is this?" :)
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Woo! This morning I was Jesus!
(In the sung Passion Gospel that is)
Funny thing is, the Evangelist was sick so a bass from the choir had to do it, and another Bass didn't turn up, so I was singing both the Jesus part and the Crowd parts...
"Crucify him!"
*goes for a walk*
"Eli! Eli! ect"
*goes for a walk*
"See! He is calling forth Elias"

Whee!

To add to the schizophrenia this holy week, I'm Judas in the passion for the Good Friday Triduum...
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Now that must have been amusing to watch! ;)

btw, Crucifer, I had the details through yesterday for our trip to Dublin - we're singing services Tues 28th July - Sun 2nd Aug. Will you still be around or are you going straight off on holiday somewhere?
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Aw, we're on holiday, and I'll probably be at home in Cork...
Or maybe in London somewhere...
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Elen and Crucifer, your experiences sound wonderful!

We performed our Easter cantata yesterday. I disliked this arrangement of music quite a bit. It was overblown & schmaltzy. Nearly every song built to a climax...and then had a key change. So you're like, "Okay, now it's done." Uh, nooo, here's another key change. And another. And another. (I am not exaggerating.) All building on one another, bigger and bigger and bleah. Overblown and very annoying. It was nothing for a song to feel like it was ending 6 times.

But we did all right with the songs, and a few weeks ago I did not think that would happen. I also sang my solo well, so I am thrilled with that! (Where the Nails Were)

Di, I do like Iona. I'll have to check out their Book of Kells CD. Kathryn Scott sounds lovely! I've never heard of her.
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Crucifer, Too bad... :(

Lalaith, who was your Easter Cantata by? I sympathise with you over the endless key-changes - even John Rutter can be too much for me sometimes! ;)
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The music was arranged by David Clydesdale. Really, he normally does a better job on things like this. :( He is not my favorite arranger for church choral music, however. Robert Sterling usually does a very good job.
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Doesn't mean much to me, but I'll have a look for clips of his music on Youtube and educate myself!
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You can find clips of the musical cantata we did here:

http://wordmusic.com/products/book.cfm?UPC=080689737176


Here is an example of a song written by Stuart Townend and orchestrated by Robert Sterling:

http://wordmusic.com/products/book.cfm?upc=080689638275

We did this Christmas musical a couple of years ago. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence would be a good one to listen to:

http://wordmusic.com/products/book.cfm?upc=080689385179
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Are any of you familiar with Liam Lawton? I've just returned from a workshop with him on his new Liturgical collection, "Healing Songs". Some very nice pieces in there, including a nice reworking of "Seinn Alleluia".
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No, I've not heard of him. Sounds intriguing!

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Some audio clips from the new collection here...

http://www.liamlawton.com/liam-lawton-sound.html
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Al, that sounds just lovely. :)
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