St. Michael’s Anglican Choir  Information

St. Michael’s Anglican Choir  Information

It shall be the duty of every Minister to appoint for use in his congregation hymns or anthems from those authorized by the Rubric or by the Constitution and Canons of this Church, and, with such assistance as he may see fit to employ from persons skilled in music, to give order concerning the tunes to be sung in his congregation.

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Psalm 42 (15 verses), 43 (6 verses)
Processional   363,
Gradual      Choir,
Sermon   365 Communion  495 (2) 204,
Recessional   53

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It shall be his especial duty to suppress all light and unseemly music, and all irreverence in the performance. To this end, he shall be the final authority in the administration of matters pertaining to music in his congregation.”
Canon 40 Of the Music of the Church

Mr. John Apple

Organist & Choir Master

July 28, Trinity 6

Prelude   Variations to the Sicilian Hymn       Benjamin Carr

The recessional hymn today (#489) is a combination of Italian, English
and American origins. The tune, a possible Sicilian 18th century
folksong sung by Italian mariners, is usually paired with the Latin
Marian hymn “O sanctissima” and was first published in Philadelphia in
1794. The text “Lord, dismiss us” (by John Fawcett, author of “Blest be
the tie”) is from a 1773 English hymnal. The organ variations are by
Benjamin Carr (1768-1831), an English musician who was a composer and
organist in New York and Philadelphia.

(Psalm 28:8-9)  The Lord is the strength of His people: He is the
saving strength of His anointed. Save Thy people, and bless Thine
inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up forever. (Psalm 28:1) Unto
Thee will I cry, O Lord, my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if Thou be
silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.

(Psalm 17:5, 6b-7a) Hold up my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps
slip not. Show Thy marvellous lovingkindness, O Thou that savest by Thy
right hand them which put their trust in Thee.

Nun danket alle Gott            A. W. Leupold

Anton Wilhelm Leupold (1868-1940), organist for 40 years at St. Peter’s
Church in Berlin, wrote his prelude on the 17th century German hymn “Now
thank we all our God” (the processional hymn today) with the melody in
the pedals.

Postlude        Postlude on “Sicilian Mariners”         Alfred V. Fedak

Alfred Fedak (b.1953), organ/choral composer and Minister of Music and
Arts at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Capitol Hill in Albany, New
York, wrote his piece on the recessional hymn today.

The book of Psalms is the hymnal of the Bible, containing poetry intended to be sung. The music that is being used is a method of singing non-metrical texts, known as Anglican chant. (Anglican chant began in churches during the 16th century English Reformation as an outgrowth of plainchant for singing Scriptural and liturgical texts.) The Psalm for today is being sung by the congregation using a total of three notes. The technique is chanting in speech rhythm on a single pitch to a second adjacent pitch on the last word at the end of the phrase (the asterisk or the end of the verse). The odd-numbered verses ascend in pitch; the even-numbered verses descend.