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Trinity Sunday Music

posted May 23, 2013, 9:09 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated May 23, 2013, 9:09 AM by in apropos ]
For Trinity Sunday, the choir will sing Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s Te Deum in B-flat at the Offertory.  The organ prelude has the same title and is by the same composer.  Stanford incorporated thematic elements from the choral piece into the organ piece he wrote at a later date.  In fact, Stanford, as did many British composers of church music, composed complete “services,” that is Matins, Holy Communion, and Evensong, for choirs.  Each canticle or part of the Communion service incorporated common musical themes.  Clearly, Stanford intended the organ Te Deum as a voluntary to be played at a service of Morning Prayer during which the corresponding B-flat Service canticles were sung.
At Communion, American Leo Sowerby’s All hail, adored Trinity will be sung by the choir.  This piece calls for full organ, and even a powerful solo reed stop.  I have heard from a few folks that “loud music” does not seem appropriate for them during Communion.  I ask you to consider that there are various approaches to this Sacrament, one of which is the element of joy and thanksgiving, for which strong and even loud music may be appropriate from time to time. 
I encourage you to “try on” this approach to the Communion music on this Sunday that celebrates the Holy Trinity.

Jeffrey Mills