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Thread #33399 Message #3851381
Posted By: BobL
20-Apr-17 - 05:19 AM
Thread Name: Eastertide and Music
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
AT our parish church, the Easter service was opened by the unaccompanied choir singing "Were you there when they crucified my Lord" up to the Entombment verse, followed by the Easter gospel, and then the last verse. Very effective (except that the Hymns Old & New arrangement has an awkward note that our tenors, bless them, can never get right. The New English Hymnal version would sound better).
"Hail Thee Festival Day", mentioned by the second poster, is a tricky hymn - or rather set of hymns, there's one for each of the major festivals - as the metre is based on that of classical Greek and Latin poetry, considered (as I understand) by those qualified to make such judgements as some of the most beautiful ever written at any time or in any language. Something is lost when the pattern of long and short vowels is mapped onto our stressed and unstressed syllables, but a lot of the beauty still comes through. Vaughan Williams' tune isn't easy to pick up by ear but is worth the effort of getting right.
The Easter hymn I should really love to sing and hear, though, is "Thine be the glory", in the original French, as it might have been arranged by Hector Berlioz - i.e. full symphony orchestra, organ, massed choirs, extra percussion and probably a brass band or two thrown in for good measure. He didn't do things by halves.