Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Galadriel's Investigate Religious Music Assignment

Instructions, Rubrics, Questions
Galadriel's answers
Quatations  and emphasis Galadriel
Teacher's comments/ grade/ etc etc
My comments

Chapter 11 Project

Investigate Religious Music

1. In what language was the music performed?
The songs are sung in English, although I have been informed that the words have been changed from the original.  An example of which was the opeing hymn: "Lift High the Cross", the first line of which was originally: "Lift high the cross/ The Blood of Christ proclaim" which has been rewritten as "Lift high the Cross/ The love of Christ proclaim."   Good example

2. Was the music live or recorded? Did the acoustics of the room add or detract frorm the music? Was the music 'miked'?
The music was performed live. The female soprano cantor and the organ were not "miked". The acoustics were pretty good. Only the aisles are carpeted, while the floor under the pews was not carpeted, and the sanctuary floor (and altar) is of marble. As well, the space is rather small, so a single voice can fill it. As Bear proves every Sunday when he provides impromptu harmony  to the Cantor

3. Who performed the music? (choir, soloist, clergy, congregation)
A soprano singer with organ accompaniament  performed the music but he congregation sang along.  The only exception was the communion hymn, which the soprano sang solo with organ accompaniament, with no congregational singing.

4. If a vocal or instrumental ensemble was involved in the service, what was the size and makeup of the ensemble?
The ensmeble was simply the pipe organ and soprano. However, as I said in question 3, the singer, who has a trained voice, and the organ, which is a Cassavant (an organ company- That's like saying Pavarotti is an opera singer) are enough to fill the church with music.

5. Was the music accompanied or unaccompanied?
The music was indeed accompanied by the organ

6. Which instruments, if any, were used during the worship service? (organ, piano, electric keyboard, bells, tambourine, etc)
The organ was the only instrument used throughout mass.

7. Did the m embers of the congregation particpate in the music or were they spectators? What did their behavior (sic) tell you about their attitude toward the music?
Some members of the congregation could and did participate in singin the songs during mass, others were spectators. Personally I don't like the working of the question.  Just because one doesn't sing at mass doesn't mean they are withdrawing to be solely spectators.Galadriel answered it according to the wording, and then went on The attitude of those who sing show that they know the hymns and they want to participate in the Mass.  The attitude of those who don't sing is unknown. They might not sing because they are privately praying, or they don't know the hymns, As Our Archbishop once said, they've changed so many of the hymns I don't know the words anymore or it's not their language.

8. Was there one predominant style of music or a variety of styles?
The hymns were different styles and eras. The processional hymn was Protestant when written in the early 1900s. The communion hymn was a Negro Spiritual, the title of which was unknown to me.  The Repsonsorial Psalm was sung in  Psalm tones

9 Was there one pervading function of the music or were there different functions?
The function of music at every Catholic Mass is clearly stated in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal(GIRM) (cf para. 39 GIRM 2002)
The Importance of Singing
The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord's coming are instructed by the APostle Paul to sing together psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles (cf Colossians 3: 16) SInging is the sign of ht eheart's joy (cf Acts 2:46) Thus st. AUgustine says rightly, "signing is for one who loves" and there is also and ancient proverb: "Whoever sings well prays twice over." [GIRM Canada, #39]

According to the GIRM singing must be taken seriously, and singing should be part of the Mass on Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation and again, according to the GIRM, all things being equal, Gregorian chant is considered "proper" for the Roman Liturgy, which means that there should be Gregorian Chant at every Mass [GIRM Canada, #40-41] Obviously that did not happen here.

They did not perform this function as some of the songs were not even Catholic; they were protestant. This is often the case!!
While the priest is receiving the Sacrament, the Communion Chant is begun. It's purpose is to ecpress the communicants' union in spirit by means of the unity of their voices, to show joy of heart, and to highlight more clearly the "communitarian" nature of the procession to receive Communion. The singing is continued for as long as the Sacrament is beign administered to the faithful[74] If, however, there is to be a hymn after Communion, the Communion chant should be ended in a timely manner.

Care should be taken that singers, too, can receive Communion with ease.  http://www.romanmissal.ca/GIRM.pdf

The communion hymn should also have a relation to the Sacrament of the Eucharist and also allow the singer to take communion. The Communion Hymn that was sung allowed neither. IT had nothing to do with  the Eucharist and did not allow the singer to receive Communion. (I would have also included that it did nothing to advance the "communitarian" nature of the Sacrament)

10 List all peices of music you hear?
The songs that were sung were: Lift High the Cross, Psalm 128, Lord of All Creation to You Be All Praise, and Lord God Maker of All Things, not including the Ordinary which includes the Kyrie (Lord Have Mercy), Glory to God in the Highest, The Holy Holy Holy, Christ Has Died, The Great Amen, the Alleluia, and the Lamb of God

Chapter 11 Project Performance Rubrics

I will be listing only the Level And mark that Galadriel achieved

Information (Knowledge)  10/10
Collected a large amount of information based ont he given questions.

Description, Detail and Support (Thinking) 10/10
Provides lively verbs and precise nouns in describing details and supports points with specific examples and anecdotes.

Understanding (Application) 10/10
Demonstrates a solid understanding of the role and function of music in the worship service.

Organization(Communication) 10/10
Provides a well-structured framework that showcases the information and smoothly moves the reader through the text.

Excellent Report. Crystal Clear! 40/40


Vox Cantoris said...


We need to get her appointed as chief liturgist for the CCCB.

Puff the Magic Dragon said...

Honestly, you would wish my daughter to enter that den of vipers. Lord spare us, we humbly pray.

Left-footer said...

Your blog is so happy and positive. I feel better after reading it.

Must try to imitate.

Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20


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