A tour of Dutch church organs

A collection of classic organ broadcasts has come on-line recently, thanks to the former Dutch radio service Radio Nederland Wereldomroep. RNW was a major international broadcaster for 50 years, and it produced many series of music programs, sent on vinyl phonograph records to be transmitted by local stations around the world.

Here is a set of performances from 1968 under the series title “Netherlands Church Organs of the 18th Century”. Each program is about 28 minutes long.

My favorite so far is #2: Noordbroek. What’s yours?

Update on Jernberg’s “Mass of St. Philip Neri”

Some readers were interested to find out when scores and CDs will be available for Paul Jernberg’s Mass of St. Philip Neri, which I mentioned on this site a few weeks ago, along with an audio sample.   Paul writes:

  • Many heartfelt thanks to those who posted such kind comments about my music. I just discovered these a few days ago. Your words of appreciation touch me deeply and give me much encouragement!!! 
  • J. Michael Thompson, director of the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle, asked me to remind everyone that this setting of the Ordinary is intended not only for choirs, but also and primarily for congregations. In fact, we have had wonderful congregational participation in singing the melodies of this setting in the parishes I have served here in Massachusetts, from both adults and children. 
  • The CD and Score are now available for purchase at our website, pauljernberg.com. The CDs were delivered a few weeks ago; the scores are scheduled to be ready from the publisher in a few days, on Monday, October 13. Any inquiries can also be addressed to cathedralchoirschool at gmail.com.

Paul Jernberg’s “Mass of St. Philip Neri”

Toward the end of June this year, the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle met with conductor J. Michael Thompson to record composer Paul Jernberg’s “Mass of St. Philip Neri”, together with Paul’s propers for Confirmation Masses.  Here are excerpts from the session; presumably a CD will be available in due course:

Musica Sacra St. Louis Conference October 23-25

Flyer for conference: Musica Sacra St. LouisThe fifth annual Musica Sacra St. Louis conference will explore “The Beauty of the Mass Ordinary” and “English Language Adaptations of the Mass Propers”. Instructors include Dr. William Mahrt, Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University; and Dr. Horst Buchholz, Director of Sacred Music, Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The conference is open to all who have an interest in the history and application of music in the liturgy; music directors, choir directors, singers, liturgists, priests and deacons, religious, seminarians, etc. 

For more information, click on the image, or grab the flyer, or read more at the Archdiocesan Office for Sacred Music, or call 314-614-7702.

Reminder: Gregorian Institute of Canada colloquium August 22-23

Various publications in the past few years attest to a growing interest in the office of Compline, including Kenneth Peterson’s Prayer as Night Falls: Experiencing Compline and The Song of Prayer: A Practical Guide to Learning Gregorian Chant. These, and other resources, will be part of a Paraclete Press table at the August 22-23 Gregorian Institute of Canada colloquium, itself dedicated to the office of Compline. In addition to chant, workshop sessions will also introduce lesser-known but beautiful Compline-oriented polyphonic works, including a Salva nos by Palestrina. For more information about the colloquium, held in Regina, Saskatchewan, see www.gregorian.ca. The registration deadline is August 15, 2014.

Spiritus Domini

Here’s Byrd’s setting of the introit for Pentecost, sung by the DC-area group Countertop Ensemble. It is preceded by the same text, presented solo on an office responsory tone. 

Sure, for most churches, a five-and-a-half-minute introit is too long for the action, but in the right circumstances – a delayed entrance, a decorously slow procession, a largish church, an incensation of the altar – the timing could fit. It would require that all the involved liturgical ministers contribute: servers, server trainers, and the clergy, along with the schola.   Has your parish looked for ways to put beauty first in the entrance procession?  Man does not live by efficiency alone!

Conference in August: Chant & Choral Music of Early Christianity

The Gregorian Institute of Canada holds its annual colloquium in August, and the GIC is inviting Chant Café readers to attend this year’s event, set for August 22 and 23 at Regina, Saskatchewan.  Information is on-line at http://www.gregorian.ca/eng/news.php .  The workshops will have a special focus on the office of Compline, and so the conference’s title is “A Quiet Night and a Perfect End”.  It sounds like it will be a beautiful experience!

Students wishing to attend with a scholarship should apply by April 30.  See the link above for information.