Forth in Praise
Liturgy Commission Music
Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland
MUSIC FOR THE NEW MASS
Links to Mass settings and other information
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NEWS UPDATE 21 September 2013
SINGING DAY ON 31 AUGUST
- This turned into a Music Day with separate sessions for guitars and organ. There was a big turnout, and all went smoothly. You can read a report with photographs here and an analysis of the feedback questionnaire here.
- Some of the Mass music we tried out can be found online. Gerry Fitzpatrick’s Mass of St Andrew is available for download on the St Mungo Music website. Eugene Burns’s St Magdalene Gloria and Chrisswell Mass are on his own website.
- Michael Ferguson’s very successful Mass of God the Father isn’t online but he can be contacted at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, where he is composer-in-residence, or via Forth in Praise (email us at email@example.com).
- The guitars were something of a surprise, as they hadn’t booked in such numbers for some years. Having John Lindsay lead their session at short notice was great – thanks, John. The result was a very strong request for future workshops for guitars and other instruments. I will duly pass this on to whoever takes over after my retirement at the end of the year.
MUSICA SACRA CONFERENCE 9 November in Glasgow If you are planning to attend and haven’t booked, do so now, as there are very few places left. See Events page for details.
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
- ‘ADVENT EXTRAVAGANZA’ This is a concert in aid of Mary’s Meals, which will take place on the evening of 30 November in my parish of St Michael’s, Linlithgow. I’m not the organiser, but will no doubt be roped in! More details will appear shortly on our Events page.
- OTHER ADVENT OR CHRISTMAS EVENTS Other parishes may be planning similar events. If you would like Forth in Praise to publicise them, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- A VERY EASY CHRISTMAS GLORIA has been written (or rather, arranged) by Eugene Burns. He’s taken his own officially-approved St Magdalene Gloria and replaced its refrain with the chorus from the carol ‘Angels we have heard on high’. The idea is that congregations already used to the St Magdalene can sing the whole of this festive version without any practice at all! Sounds brilliant. Find it here.
- MY OWN CHRISTMAS CAROL MASS is languishing. It has to be re-submitted with corrections to the approval committee, but there is no indication of when that committee will meet again. Last meeting date was in March. It’s very doubtful now whether the Mass will be officially approved in time for this Christmas. However, as the only criticisms were that it needed two more Memorial Acclamations, and some slurs in the accompaniment, one might possibly assume that the Mass is ‘semi-approved’! If anyone is interested, it's here.
The text itself and the official chant
The sections of the new Mass text which are customarily sung in our
parishes - Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Memorial acclamations and Agnus Dei - can be found here.
The full text is at Roman Missal on the American bishops' website. The English bishops' website also has information on the text.
The official chant of the English version of the new Mass is published in downloadable PDF form by ICEL here.
Forth in Praise has created a staff notation version of the main people's chants of the new Missal:
Freely downloadable from Forth in Praise
Melodies in staff notation. Four different accompaniments for each chant, including chords. Organists can choose and download according to skill level.
KYRIE, GLORIA, SANCTUS, MEMORIAL ACCLAMATIONS,
AGNUS DEI now all online for downloading.
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The new liturgy in Scotland
Roman Missal Scotland is the official Scottish website giving information about the new Missal translation.
It contains downloadable audio files of the ICEL chant.
The new liturgy in other countries
England and Wales
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A Selection of Mass settings
PLEASE NOTE: Links to many more new and revised settings can be found on publishers' websites
and on the websites of national bishops' conferences.
An asterisk before a title means that the work has been approved in the country of first publication.
The approved settings listed on the Roman Missal Scotland website can be viewed here,
and in England and Wales here.
Other countries will have similar lists on their own websites.
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Information and Resources Websites
(see also official websites for each country)
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Some publishers' websites
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EARLIER NEWS UPDATES
NEWS UPDATE 24 JULY 2013
ARCHDIOCESAN SINGING DAY, SATURDAY 31 AUGUST
MASS MUSIC at the Forth in Praise Singing Day on 31 August (see Events page for details of the day and booking) will include:
Mass of God the Father, a new Mass by Michael Ferguson, composer-in-residence at St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh. We hope Michael will be with us to lead his own composition.
Mgr Gerry Fitzpatrick's Mass of St Andrew, which is online at http://stmungomusic.org.uk/romanmissal/complete-settings/mass-of-st-andrew/
The newly-approved Chrisswell Mass by Eugene Burns. The Mass as approved by the National Liturgy Commission doesn't have a Gloria, but Eugene has since composed one, and will submit it for approval at the next opportunity. The Chrisswell Mass, including the new Gloria, is online at www.eugeneburns.co.uk
HYMNS FOR PART-SINGING, in Misia's lovely arrangements, will also feature on the day.
A SESSION TO HELP BEGINNER ORGANISTS. Many churches don't have anyone to play the organ on Sundays. Often there are people who could play, but feel nervous about it. On 31 August, we propose having a half-hour session which might help people with 'organ nerves'. But we do need volunteers in advance. More details on the Events page, and also here.
A DISCUSSION is also planned, to give participants a chance to express their views. Last year's was very lively!
ADMISSION AND MUSIC HAND-OUTS FREE, though small donations welcome. There will be opportunities to purchase organ/piano full versions of some Mass settings and the new Forth in Praise hymn book of easy organ settings for beginner organists.
BRING PACKED LUNCH. Tea and coffee will be provided.
MORE NEWS about the day, and its timetable, will be posted later.
HAVE JUST HEARD that we have our new archbishop at last! Deo gratias.
UPDATE 1 JUNE 2013
SINGING DAY ON SATURDAY, 31 AUGUST will, as in the past, feature various kinds of church music, unison and sung in parts, with new material for people to take back to their parishes. Last year's discussion on the new liturgy was productive, and we hope an airing of views can take place again this year.
Admission is free, as usual, though small donations to help our costs are always welcome. For more details and booking information, see our Events page.
MUSIC APPROVAL NEWS Composer Eugene Burns has been in touch to say his Chrisswell Mass was approved by the committee at their latest meeting, and that he now has his own website. Eugene's website is well worth a look, and all his music is freely downloadable.
CALLING OTHER SCOTTISH COMPOSERS! Please do email us, as Eugene has, at email@example.com if you have Mass music officially approved which we can link to, and we will add it to the list of settings below.
For the very first time, I myself had a go at submitting something, well, two things, to this committee. My St Michael Gloria actually passed, but the Christmas Carol Mass was sent back as being two acclamations and a number of slurs short. Oh well. Both can be found here.
APPROVED SETTINGS IN OTHER COUNTRIES For news of these, have a look at this page on the blog 'The Acolyte's Tale'. Note that this blogger links to Forth in Praise for Scottish settings!
- AND FINALLY, just to say that at the end of this year, for health reasons, I will, sadly, have to step down from taking an active part in Forth in Praise. I'll miss it, but as I've agreed to stay on as webmaster of this website, I will be able to keep in touch with what goes on.
UPDATE MARCH 2013
This update is probably a bit patchy, as I have been out of circulation for the last couple of months (see Organists’ Blog for 17 March). Please email us with any information about new Mass settings, especially from Scotland, and we would be happy to link to them.
Chants for Holy Week and Easter: we’ve been noticing increased hits on Downloads and Publications page, where we’ve posted some chants, including the Exsultet, in staff notation. A lot of people find this easier to read than the ICEL blobs. We’ve included the blobs, too.
Tony Giovanazzi has given us a link for some of his Mass music. It can be found here, and has been added to the list of Mass music below.
The March meeting of the publication approval committee has been postponed due to the illness of Bishop Toal. This has left composer Eugene Burns, who unlike many of us is a stickler for getting music officially approved before posting it, in a tricky situation. Read about it here, and try out his Chrisswell Sanctus.
- Happy Easter from all at Forth in Praise!
NEWS UPDATE 20 JANUARY 2013
- AN INTERESTING NEW RESOURCE. The website of St Columba’s Choir, Maryhill, Glasgow (Director of Music James MacMillan), has just started up, and contains liturgical music and music news, including downloadable chants and other resources of interest to parish musicians. In the form of a blog, it also carries articles about church music, and is updated regularly. Well worth adding to your favourites.
- LINKS TO ONLINE RESOURCES Forth in Praise plans to develop these this year. As well as the St Columba website, we are including some other chant blogs and one or two American sites. All these are in the newly-titled Information and Resources section of this page.
- OFFICIALLY APPROVED MASS SETTINGS We are finding that more and more parishes are looking for Mass music which has been officially approved for publication in its country of origin. There has also been correspondence recently in the Scottish Catholic Observer about promoting Scottish resources.
Forth in Praise has re-ordered its Selection of Mass Settings section and will pass on all further information on this subject which we can. Here are one or two items which have come our way:
- Forth in Praise, in the Other Countries section of this page, gives links to the bishops' websites of several English-speaking countries.
- The Acolyte's Tale, an information blog, goes further, and its list of countries and their approved settings is a very useful resource.
Scottish settings, in addition to those listed at Roman Missal Scotland
- A complete new Mass setting, the Holy Trinity Mass by Harry McFarlane, was approved by the Scottish publication approval committee and is to be published by Decani Music. More information about this can be found on the music website of Galloway Diocese.
- Eugene Burns’s approved St Magdalene Gloria, an easy setting which is freely available here, has now acquired a downloadable audio file.
Please let us know if you have had Mass music officially approved, and we will link to it on our list of settings.
NEWSLETTERS Newsletter 21, issued in December, has now been uploaded to the Newsletter Page. If you would like to receive our newsletters by email as they come out, please contact massmusic@forthinpraise.
- AND FINALLY - not Mass music news, strictly speaking, but as it's Evelyn's own parish ...
Two charity concerts are to be given in the spring by Linlithgow cantor Justine Riccomini. More details on our Events Page.
NEWS UPDATE 1 DECEMBER 2012
- ACADEMY OF SACRED MUSIC James MacMillan is the patron of this new educational organisation, founded by Joan Dillon, and launched last month in Glasgow, with the object of raising the standards and quality of Christian church music. The Academy's website gives full information.
- IRISH MASS MUSIC A very kind friend has made me a present of the Irish Sing the Mass book, published by Veritas, which contains new liturgy Mass settings approved by the Church in Ireland. The accompaniment volume is spiral bound for easy opening at the organ and includes a CD-ROM with images of the melody version. There is a wealth of Irish settings, including the Glendalough Mass, which is already becoming popular here. A real find is the revised French Lourdes Mass. It so happens that I had been hunting for a revision of the Lourdes Gloria; I had thought the four melody lines of the verses of the old one would adapt quite easily to the new text. And indeed they do. More about this book can be found at the Veritas website.
- A NEW AND EASY GLORIA On the Scottish front, Forth in Praise has been asked to link to a new Gloria, the St Magdalene Gloria by Eugene Burns, which has recently passed the Scottish approval committee and is freely available for download here. Although this is a refrain Gloria, the chanted verses would be easy for the people to pick up, and Eugene has kindly given permission for melody copies to be made for the whole congregation.
- CALLING SCOTTISH COMPOSERS! If there are any other Scottish composers out there who have new liturgy Mass music on their blog or website, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be pleased to link to your music.
- CHRISTMAS And finally, the choir in Linlithgow has hauled out and dusted off my own Christmas Carol Mass, which we did last year. Looking back, I would think the Sanctus is the most successful part of this setting, and the Agnus Dei the least. The Gloria is a bit tricky, but great fun. You can find the setting here.
- Previous news updates can be found here.
A happy Christmas season to everyone from Forth in Praise!
NEWS UPDATE 2 OCTOBER 2012