Thursday, June 2, 2011

SEP 1.0: Beta is Over

Below Jeffrey has posted the exciting news that the SEP downloads page has been updated with the files that appear in the final draft of the Simple English Propers which will be available in print in about two weeks.

We've already received news from people who have discovered that there are some substantial differences between these versions now available and the ones they had previously downloaded for their choirs. The reason for this is that those that were posted before were early drafts–beta releases, if you will–that were heavily edited over the past month as the entire cycle of antiphons was brought to our now stable and initial release.

This news is hardly new to my own poor choirs who have been going through this version control issue for many months now! Planning ahead is difficult when one is working in real time. So I think that my own parish choirs will possibly be the most grateful to see this book in printed form.

In fact, last night at schola rehearsal we actually used for the first time the paperback proof that I received earlier this week. The excitement was tangible. While Brina, one of our cantors, was singing the psalm verses out of this book I couldn't help but snap a quick picture: