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Eastertide and Music

19 Apr 01 - 06:31 PM (#444864)
Subject: Eastertide and Music
From: wysiwyg

I really enjoyed the tunes and suggestions, and the discussion, in the Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Music thread HERE.

For me, this weekend is the start of Easter music, since our Saturday night service last week was eclipesed by the Easter Vigil Service. I think we will start the Saturday Night Service this week with... Green Pastures.

And next weekend (God willing and the creek don't rise) there may be a houseful of Mudcatters to join our little Saturday band. We'll stick to old favorites for that I think. Suggestions welcome, especially from people planning to be here!

What sounds good to YOU for Eastertide?

~S~


19 Apr 01 - 06:43 PM (#444882)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: Burke

At Easter I love the good old traditional hymns, especially the ones with alleluia's and descants. Only I don't really like "Hail, thee, festival day." Just open the hymnal to the Easter section & sing straight on through. I think we had 5 hymns during communion on Sunday in addition to the regular hymns, so we really got to sing a lot of them.


16 Apr 17 - 11:41 AM (#3850719)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: keberoxu

And here's a timely thread.


I always hear, in my mind's ear,
Ah - ah - ah - ah - al-le-e-lu-u-iaaaaaaa

around this time of year.


16 Apr 17 - 02:11 PM (#3850730)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: GUEST,Pete from seven stars link

I heard -wheat that springer green -by parchment in the seventies . It was done in a lovely folk arrangement and only recently found it is a hymn


16 Apr 17 - 02:38 PM (#3850734)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: David Carter (UK)

Do you mean "Now the Green Blade Rises" Pete? Its a hymn written by J.M.C. Crum in the early 20th century and set to a much older French Folk/Carol melody.


16 Apr 17 - 02:43 PM (#3850738)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: David Carter (UK)

And the reasonably modern hymn "At Eastertide" seems to have the same melody as the Cowboy's Lament "Streets of Laredo", or more likely both borrow from a much earlier melody.


16 Apr 17 - 02:46 PM (#3850739)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: Pete from seven stars link

Yes , that's the one .i was reminded of it as a verse of it was on a Sally Army mail shot card.. I found some versions on you tube , but not the one by parchment. Found the chords too , so will do it at my local singaround tomorrow if I get there ( got a bug !)


16 Apr 17 - 02:52 PM (#3850742)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: David Carter (UK)

Its here:

http://www.tekstowo.pl/piosenka,parchment,love_is_come_again.html

More difficult to find because thy call it "love is come again".


16 Apr 17 - 03:08 PM (#3850745)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: David Carter (UK)

And that is a superb arrangement, I hadn't heard it before.


16 Apr 17 - 06:33 PM (#3850762)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: keberoxu

But then there's the summer camp song about a rabbit knocking at someone's door:

HELP me
HELP me
HELP me
he said,
'fore the hunter shoots me dead....

with big exaggerated arm gestures.


16 Apr 17 - 10:29 PM (#3850781)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: leeneia

Back to the OP

"What sounds good to YOU for Eastertide?"

I play recorder and percussion with a flautist and a pianist. This morning I prepared a high version of 'Beautiful Savior' to play as the prelude. It was lovely! The pianist played quietly and let us take center stage.

We also did 'This Joyful Eastertide,' a 17th C hymn which has measures in 4/4 and in 6/4. The congregation handled it just fine.

Now I'm interested in a tune from the 15th C., O Sons and Daughters Let Us Sing. When my band gets together, the earlier the better.


17 Apr 17 - 08:36 PM (#3850910)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: Tattie Bogle

It so happens that I sang this yesterday, before I ever read this thread! Some french friends present who recognised the melody.
Here's the version I was taught a few years back (in Edinburgh):

LOVE IS COME AGAIN                                

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,        
Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been;
Love is come again,    like wheat that springeth green.         
                                                
When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain;
Thy-y touch can call us back to life again;
Fields of our heart that dead and bare have been;
Love is come again,         like wheat that springeth green.        

In the grave they laid him, love whom men had slain;
Thi-inking that never he would wake again;
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen;                
Love is come again,         like wheat that springeth green.        


Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been;                
Love is come again,        like wheat that springeth green.        
Love is come again,         like wheat that springeth green.        

Tune: Medieval French Christmas Carol "Noel Nouvelet"
Dorian mode

Words: Canon John Macleod Campbell Crum (1872-1958)
In this version more associated with Easter and Spring


17 Apr 17 - 09:16 PM (#3850917)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: Steve Shaw

Bach Passions.


17 Apr 17 - 10:20 PM (#3850924)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: Joe Offer

Well, I'm reluctant to say that at our Catholic parish, the choir made itself popular by singing Dolly Parton's He's Alive and an Easter version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

I'm having problems with these, although I admit I sang with moderate enthusiasm and got a bit of tear in the eye....

They sound too damn Protestant to me. I feel much more comfortable with Tattie Bogle's "Love Is Come Again" suggestion.

-Joe-


18 Apr 17 - 02:29 PM (#3851048)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: Big Al Whittle

my favourite track on the Watersons FRost and Fire album was the Easter carol


https://mainlynorfolk.info/watersons/songs/thehollybearsaberry.html


19 Apr 17 - 04:52 AM (#3851170)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: Nigel Parsons

My pet hate at this time of year is those who insist on putting an extra 'l' sound into Alleluia (or Halleluia), making it Al E lool ya.


19 Apr 17 - 05:24 AM (#3851176)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: Nigel Parsons

I've never tried it, but I can visualise a Good Friday service ending with 'Lord of the dance', but cut short at "They buried my body and they thought I'd gone". Followed by the choir processing out in silence.
Easter Day starts in silence, with the choir bursting into "I am the dance and I still go on" with chorus, final verse & chorus.

Most of the people who go to the Good Friday service (locally at least) will also be at the Sunday service. Although many at the Easter Sunday service may not have been to the Good Friday one.


19 Apr 17 - 02:49 PM (#3851274)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: David Carter (UK)

Of Sydney Carter's hymns/songs, Friday Morning is the obvious one for a Good Friday service.


20 Apr 17 - 12:21 AM (#3851349)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: leeneia

Hmm, Nigel. I've never heard anybody do that, but I can see how it would be irritating.

Joe, I know what you mean. For me, it's not that those songs are Protestant, but that they are commercial. You hear the song and expect it to be followed by an advertisement.


20 Apr 17 - 03:00 AM (#3851355)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: GUEST,Some bloke

An annual opportunity for local folk clubs to experience my "Jesus on a rubber cross."

Not as flexible as I used to be, but there again neither is my voice.


20 Apr 17 - 05:19 AM (#3851381)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: BobL

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.


20 Apr 17 - 02:49 PM (#3851470)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: leeneia

I know what you mean by "Thine is the Glory". It's a grand piece of music.

I must admit I'm tired of "Were You There".


20 Apr 17 - 03:12 PM (#3851475)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: David Carter (UK)

Of course the origin of that piece of music, to which Thine be the Glory is set, is that Handel wrote it to celebrate the return of the Duke of Cumberland from the battle of Culloden, where he had been engaged in slaughtering the Scots under Charles Edward Stuart.

Here is a suitably militaristic setting.

Budry wrote the hymn in French about 140 years later.

Despite all this it is one of my favourite hymns too.


20 Apr 17 - 03:50 PM (#3851479)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: Joe Offer

There's a new hymn for clergy and church musicians that's taking the Internet by storm this week. You'll find sheet music here (click), and a Soundcloud recording here (click). And, of course, on on YouTube.

    HOLY JESUS, I'M SO TIRED
    words by Junga Kim and Michael Cooper
    Music by Michael Cooper
    77.76

    Tempo: Bleary (quarter note=80)

    Holy Jesus, I'm so tired,
    Bring me coffee, grant me strength.
    Pray I shut my mouth at length;
    And help me not get fired.
    Amen.

    Tempo for last line: Nodding Off (quarter note=60)
Over the last week, I worked and sang at 7 services: Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and four on Easter. I got churched out...


23 Apr 17 - 04:38 PM (#3852051)
Subject: RE: Eastertide and Music
From: Pete from seven stars link

Thanks for posting that David . I had forgotten just how good it is myself !