I haven't had time to listen to this CE yet, but in the true spirit of Forum users, this doesn't inhibit me from replying. I don't think Part attempted to 'express' sentiments appropriate to the Mag (or the Nunc for that matter). Rather in the same vein as Stravinsky's pronouncements about his Mass setting, Part's music doesn't attempt to describe or word-paint, merely to create a meditative space in the mind. That's my inept way of putting it anyway.I was much taken by the introit - but not as an introit: it was no scene-setter (soul-settler, or whatever), but sucked in too much space for its own. From then on, all a touch...... well, I would have chosen the word 'soporific'. Despite my affection for Part's music, I do not think he captured the spirit of the Mag, with its emotional ups and downs; the Nunc does better.
I am slightly worried that talented singing youngsters don't have their horizons or their technique broadened as much as maybe students in the 60s and 70s. There is such a fashion for mood music, that many choirs (including some of the top recording choirs) get locked into programming wall-to-wall meditation. It is undeniably a fact that there is a big audience among the general public for it, and a lot of folk who are not normally 'classical music' buffs are drawn to it. [God preserve us from giving people what they want!] There is a very good semi-pro choir near here which regularly fills a big abbey with its combination of Renaissance stuff and late 20th/early 21st century minimalism. So it puts bums on seats.
What one writer called the Morton Lauridsen Tendency - to which some might probably feel like adding some names that feature regularly in some choirs' repertoires? As well as Lauridsen, what about Whiteacre, O'Regan, and, perhaps, of an earlier generation, John Tavener?
Last edited by DracoM; 16-02-12 at 10:31.
Well, GJ, the kinds of "easy listening" and generally "religious / meditative" mood music that these days regularly features in not terribly brave programmes that might mean that said choirs don't programme some of your own much more challenging but satisfying music?
Well, GJ, the kinds of "easy listening" and generally "religious / meditative" mood music that these days regularly features in not terribly brave programmes that might mean that said choirs don't programme some of your own much more challenging but satisfying music?[/QUOTE]
Whoever said Part Mag and Nunc was easy....actually it is incredibly hard to pull off, both vocally and textually.
But maybe not for the audience / congregation? 'Wash' sound can be difficult to pitch. keep in tune, but I doubt the audience being lulled into a meditative peace actually realises that.