Friday, November 30, 2018

LORD, YOU HAVE GREATLY BLESSED YOUR LAND

The text based on Psalm 85 and written by an unknown author.  The tune is short and sweet, short enough where the seven verses of text won't feel like a marathon.  The tune is one of those rarities that end in the V chord, and the last note of the melody is the fifth of that V chord (for those not so well versed in music theory, the tune is in the key of D, but it ends in the A chord, and the melody ends with an E note).  This kind of ending also takes place in a little-known tune by the late C. Alexander Peloquin, titled "Creative Love".  If you have a Worship II hymnal handy, it's at #257, with the Fred Kaan hymn text, Surrounded by a World of Need.
This tune, like the one I wrote for O that I Could for Ever Dwell, is based on a Gregorian melody from the Liber Usualis, in this case, the Offertory Benedixisti, Domine from III Advent.

UPDATE (XI-30-18): This hymn has now been included as the Offertory for III Advent in the forthcoming Christus Vincit Gradual.

SATB hymn

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

LORD, I LIFT MY SOUL TO THEE

A rare hymn text based on Psalm 25, taken from The Psalter of 1912, wedded to original music, cleverly dubbed New 25th, written in a modern style emulating that of the late great Richard Proulx. Great for Advent, Lent, and even on some days during Ordinary Time.  Makes for a great hymn for I Advent (especially as many parishes still seem to prefer hymns over propers), as the first verse is a paraphrase of the Introit and Offertory appointed for that day.

UPDATE (XI-29-18): This hymn has now been included as the Offertory for I Advent in the forthcoming Christus Vincit Gradual.

PDF - Lord, I Lift My Soul to Thee - Unison hymn

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Did I Say that There Was Going to Be a "Psalm 152"?

Well, that idea is being scrapped with a new concept that will employ the current Psalm 151 and my original conception of Psalm 152, dubbed the "Christus Vincit Gradual".  Keep using Psalm 151 for Mass for Sundays and Solemnities.  It will probably take a year or so before the "Christus Vincit Gradual" is finished.


STAY TUNED!

Peace,
BMP

Monday, May 14, 2018

Psalm 151 - New and Improved - IS HERE!!!


At long last - the new and improved version of Psalm 151 is here!  What has been done?  Let's see...

1. I have added, at the suggestion of some, Graduals from the Graduale Romanum, in English, to original settings similar to settings in the old version of the project.  But I didn't stop there!  I also added Tracts from the Graduale for Lent and Passiontide.  I added Alleluia verses from the Graduale - yes, including First and Second Alleluias (the first to be chanted after the First Reading, the second to be chanted before the Gospel) for use at Paschaltide.

2. The verses for Alleluias and Gospel Acclamations are no longer in batches (multiple Sundays at a time).  Otherwise, now that verses from the Graduale are added alongside verses from the Roman Missal, to batch them would create one of the most confusing messes one musician could possibly create.  So, for that reason, each Sunday's Alleluia and Gospel Acclamation verse sets are now their own entities.

3. Psalms and such that are used more than once are now shown more than once.  One reason is for sequencing (we changed the numbering sequence, which is discussed further down).  The other is that the new and improved Psalm 151 can now be downloaded in packets for each Sunday and feast.

4. Now, about the numbering sequence: I changed the numbering pattern completely.  Before, where the numbers ran from 1 to 407, they now run from 1-a to 78-f.  Each Sunday and feast has its own number, with a letter following each component.  So, 1-a to 1-h is the First Sunday of Advent, 2-a to 2-h is the Seocnd Sunday, etc.  The very last piece, 78-f, is the Communion for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  The total count, as a result of some duplicates, plus adding Graduals, Tracts, and such, has now increased from 407 pieces to 707 pieces.

5. Finally, I have scattered the pew parts within the main body of the book, at the end of each Sunday or feast.  There are now 957 pages total in the big e-book.  The big book may be downloaded as a whole, in four sections (no contents or indices), in packets for each Sunday and feast, and by individual pieces (all 707 of them).  You can even get pew parts in sets for each Sunday or feast.

Here are the .pdf's:

Entire E-book (957 pages, 28.2 MB), including contents, preface, all the music (including pew parts), and indices.


Section 2: Solemnities after Pentecost (38 pages, 1.2 MB) (Most Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi, and Most Sacred Heart)

Section 3: Sundays of Ordinary Time (384 pages, 11.5 MB) (including Christ the King)

Section 4: Proper of Saints (138 pages, 4.3 MB) (also includes Thanksgiving Day)

For individual pieces, pew parts, and sets for each Sunday and feast, you may find them in the new and improved Liturgical Calendar.  You can also use the Scriptural References page to seek references to Psalms and other Scripture passages.

Finally, if you still would rather have the old version of Psalm 151, you can access the main music .pdf here, and the pew parts here.  I'll keep it on the servers for a little while longer.  You might want to download them so you can have them offline.  Doesn't cost anything but some of your drive space.

Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat!
Save the Liturgy, Save the World!

BMP