Jesus Christ, Yesterday, Today and for Ever (Gather Australia 527)

The odd use of “for Ever” is from GA, but I note it is put more normally elsewhere.

Suzanne Toolan SM does TAIZE in California and has done some work in their manner and this is one such song.

As you can see at Hymnary the ostinato refrain is just Jesus Christ followed by the title. I’m working from a melody line – pew version of GA, as I am down in Tasmania for Easter and it only has the refrain, but the accompaniment version has the dozen or so verses.

GIA have it available in a collection here.

My backing is just the refrain.

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I Will Go Up (Gather Australia 524)

My survey of GA songs that I haven’t blogged already from AOV etc, I am coming across the more obscure songs, or ones that didn’t catch on in my neck of the woods.  This is one such processional by the prolific Michael Joncas. He based it on Psalm 42 & 43.

GIA sell the sheet music here, and there is a less than encouraging snippet to listen to there as well. You can also get it at Sheetmusicplus.

I could only find the lyrics to the refrain here (second page).

This might suggest it’s designed for a special occasion:

I Will Go Up

by J. Michael Joncas

1988, GIA Publications, Inc.

Series :Choral
Number of Pages : 16
Vocal Forces:SATB, 2 cantors
Separate Instruments: 2 Trumpets, Horn in F, 2 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Full Score

My backing attempts a reasonably brisk procession.

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This group give it a go in a more standard form:

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Many Are the Lightbeams (Gather Australia 522)

This text is by Cyprian of Carthage from 252 AD.

The text is at Hymnary and the tune by Olle Widestrand is called TJÄNSTERNA.

Marty Haugen’s arrangement is available in a collection at GIA.

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How Good It Is (Gather Australia 521)

This is another Ruth Duck text set here to a tune called DOVE OF PEACE.

The text is here. (page 2) She based it on Psalm 133 and Isaiah 2:1-4, and it is a beautiful prayer for unity.

The tune is traditional American and the sheet music is at Hymnary. They also suggest alternatives tunes here.

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Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race (Gather Australia 520)

Getting back to GA I find this simply put gem from Ruth Duck set to the sixteenth century tune TALLIS’ CANON by Thomas Tallis. It is a song of welcome and unity.

The text is at Hymnary.  The music is slightly out of copyright and available in various forms on the net (eg here) but GIA have a handbell arrangement if needed.

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Instrumental:

Trumpet:

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Let Justice Roll Down (Colin Gibson)

Mary suggested that this a song with similar liturgical use to Marty Haugen’s song I blogged recently that was more assembly friendly.

It is by Colin Gibson who I understand is famous in New Zealand.  In the book Alleluia Aotearoa that I found at a book sale and have yet to explore, it’s a toss up between him and Shirley Erena Murray (who I have heard of) for most songs in the hymnal.

If this is anything to go by he is just as socially conscious as Shirley Murray.

Hope Publishing (have I said they are wonderful lately?) have the text and the sheet music.

There is touch of the John Bell’s as well, not only in the social commentary but in the lack of guitar chords. Now to make a backing in BIAB I need these.  I suspect real musicians like these songwriters think anyone can work out chords, but I often struggle.

Sometimes the chords are available separately or have been tabbed somewhere with greater or lesser accuracy.  Frequently, Together in Song, comes to the rescue, especially with songs from Gather Australia that don’t have chords.  If there is any performance of it available on the internet I can record a wave file and run it through BIAB backwards to get an idea – that is great sometimes but often misleading. In this case it was a matter of looking at the piano music and guessing, then adjusting things once entered into BIAB to eliminate discordant sounds.

So my backing has the notes and guessed chords with dodgy bass runs and probably too many minor chords.

I’m sure this is singable, although it has a bit of “My Bonnie” in there. In the book I have the tempo is 100, at Hope Publishing it is 120 but I’ve done it at 130.

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A tribute to Colin Gibson:

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Music for Easter Liturgies

I’m away at Easter and will probably strum along with the wonderful organist in George Town.

The schedule for the Vigil there is:

Blessing of the Fire – no music

Exultant sung without music (I don’t know what setting)

Gloria (MOSF)

The Lord is My Shepherd AOV 1/26 for Sprinkling

Gifts: Christ be Our Light AOV 2/3

Communion: Alleluia No 1 AOV 1/15

Recessional: Celtic Alleluia AOV 1/13

 

Here in Queensland I wasn’t around for the planning meeting but I think it’s the same as last year.

Ethan has helpfully put up his parishes’ liturgy from last year’s Vigil:

The Hymns I did at Last Years Easter Vigil were:
Lighting of the Fire:Christ Be our Light Verses 1 and 2
Exultet:Star of Morning Fire Frank Andersen MSC (Chorus sung by the Congregation and Verses Sung by Musicians and Choir)
After Old Testament Readings:Song of the Body of Christ (Chorus)
Gloria (Mass of Renewal)
Gospel Acclamation:Alleluia No 1:AOV 15
Communion:Lord of the Dance AOV18 and Sing a New Song AOV 80
Recessional the Easter Song Lent and Easter Song Book (Number 14)

Feel free to post and compare liturgies – people consult them for years you know!

 

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My Soul Is Longing for Your Peace (Gather Australia 519)

I am in a small run of “peace” songs in Gather Australia and after skipping the songs I’ve already blogged from other sources I am up to this survivor from the sixties by Lucien Deiss. I have his book Visions of Liturgy and Music for a New Century in which he states “permanent reform of the Church necessitates a permanent reform of the liturgy.” He died in 2007.

The text is here and is based on Psalm 131. the sheet music is available at WLP.

 

The best I could do with its irregular time was to make it mostly 3/4 and my backing doesn’t really give singable intervals. The snippet at WLP gives an indication of what the sheet music doesn’t convey.

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Instrumental:

As a prayer:

Solo + guitar:

Children defeated by an organ:

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Peace Prayer (Gather Australia 516)

This is John Foley’s version of the Prayer of St Francis and it is a more attractive vehicle than the Sebastian Temple version I’m used to. I suppose coming from one of the St Louis Jesuits this will be familiar to everyone else but me.

The text is here and it can be purchased from OCP.

My backing is some nifty finger picking from BIAB.

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John Foley SJ:

An assembly:

Extreme overdubbing harmony:

A Trio of vocalists:

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Let Justice Roll Like a River (Gather Australia 515)

More social concern, this time from Marty Haugen. He takes the best lines from those well known liberal bleeding hearts, Amos, Micah and Joel and gives us a singalong chorus and five verses that each have a different tune – ie get a cantor.

The text is at Hymnary. The sheet music can be purchased at GIA.

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