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Holiday Music [Dec. 17th, 2009|10:35 am]
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I'm not happy with LJ's posting interface again, because the font size setting will not hold. As in, I set it to "medium" and start to type--and what I typed is small and the little box is empty again. It takes two or three tries to get the "medium" to last long enough to write a paragraph. If I back up for any reason, it's gone again. If I want to insert a link, it's gone again. And no, this isn't about holiday music yet, but there's a reason, and the trouble with the *!!* font size menu is it.

Holiday music...well, last week we had the Messiah performance with the symphony. Others sang the church services; I was home with the gastroenteritis thingie. Rehearsal last night covered this Sunday's anthem, and the five (!!) anthems for Christmas Eve except for one (we never got to the "O Leave Your Sheep" one. I kind of wish we'd never get to the sheep one because--although it can be pretty--it's one of those artsy ones.) Among the anthems we touched on last night (there being insufficient time to actually work them to any degree) were two Mozarts, "Dixit Dominus" from The Solemn Vespers, and "Agnus Dei" from Missa Brevis in D. We have a big service for the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, with yet more anthems, and another at the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, January 10.

So this Sunday we have the two services to sing, then the SIng-Along Messiah at St. Matthew's, for which David is director and many of us are the leading chorus. We have a rehearsal next Wednesday, for the Christmas Eve services Thursday (we sing the two evening services) and whatever else David can work in (knowing him, lots), and a rehearsal on Tuesday, January 5, plus the pre-service rehearsals/warmups. Oh, and I have a voice lesson next Wednesday.

It's nice that our director has such faith in our musical ability, but.
I'm sure you can fill in the "but" part.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-12-17 04:37 pm (UTC)
Oh great. This time LJ left out all the paragraph breaks. I'll have to see if editing can put them back in.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-12-17 04:38 pm (UTC)

And it did. But why it ran everything together in the first place, I do not understand.
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[User Picture]From: neshel
2009-12-17 07:51 pm (UTC)
LJ's posting interface is really, really bad. It does weird and crazy things that it shouldn't.

I highly recommend posting with semagic http://semagic.sourceforge.net/ The interface is easy to use and without all the weird glitches of LJ's posting mechanism. I've been using it for years.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-12-17 09:48 pm (UTC)
I know people who use different interfaces. I prefer not to add more software to my computer at this time. I'd rather gripe.
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[User Picture]From: neshel
2009-12-17 09:50 pm (UTC)
It's a tiny little program that will relieve you of your LJ woes. But if you're determined not to then that's that I guess.
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2009-12-18 12:38 am (UTC)
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<<Holiday music...well, last week we had the Messiah performance with the symphony. Others sang the church services; I was home with the gastroenteritis thingie. Rehearsal last night covered this Sunday's anthem, and the five (!!) anthems for Christmas Eve except for one (we never got to the "O Leave Your Sheep" one. I kind of wish we'd never get to the sheep one because--although it can be pretty--it's one of those artsy ones.) Among the anthems we touched on last night (there being insufficient time to actually work them to any degree) were two Mozarts, "Dixit Dominus" from The Solemn Vespers, and "Agnus Dei" from Missa Brevis in D. We have a big service for the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, with yet more anthems, and another at the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, January 10. >>

It's cool that David seems to adhere to a liturgical cycle rather than limiting the choir's performances only to the major holidays.

Sari
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-12-18 03:15 pm (UTC)
The Episcopal Church definitely adheres to a liturgical cycle; I grew up with Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Trinity Sunday, and (with the BCP in use when I was a child) the long season of 23 Sundays after Trinity. The year starts with Advent; the colors used signify which season. So the music also goes with the season and with the readings (that cycle through three years.) Individual congregations make use of what resources they have--not all can collect a choir for a weeknight service, but there will be one for Epiphany, with or without a choir.
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[User Picture]From: yerfdogyrag
2009-12-18 02:27 am (UTC)
I'll admit that I'm having an absolute blast with all this music. It forces me to work just about every day at it and I really like how my voice sounds when I'm singing every day.

Sometimes it's good to have the water line about eye level. :-)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-12-18 03:16 pm (UTC)
Yes it is. OTOH, as I get older, I have less energy overall. Annoying, that.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-12-19 04:48 am (UTC)

Re: "But..."

We do Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, with the carols being a mix of anthem-carols and real carols. We did the Purcell "Rejoice in the Lord Alway" for the all-Purcell All Saints service...that thing is FUN.

We never get the Healy Willan service music anymore (grump!!)
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-12-21 04:49 am (UTC)

Re: "But..." Healy Willan

We do Rite One in Advent and Lent, with Rite Two from Christmas through Shrove Tuesday, and then from the Easter Vigil through Christ the King Sunday. However, the Dean defers to our music director as to which service music we use in any particular season, and we use the Healy Willan Gloria (Rite One words) in Christmas, Ephipany, Easter, and Pentecost. That is, we sometimes use it in throughout any of those seasons, alternating with Missa Marialis or the Proulx Gloria. In the summer when the choir is on break, we use one of the gregorian settings. The aesthetic "jar" of using Rite One words in Rite Two doesn't bother anyone when the text in question is the Lord's Prayer, so why should it bother them when doing that lets us use such a good musical setting? (Our director's logic, with which I wholeheartedly concur.)
Today of course, the Alleluia verse was Mary's answer to the angel, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord..." Usually our alto lead sings that one, but she has left to lead the choir at another parish - so our male cantor had to do it. He was just enough flustered by the prospect that he had to start the Alleluia over. (I'm not picking on him, because he's me. We need these humbling experiences once in a while to keep us on our toes!)
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