Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Compline at Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC—11.28.2010

Compline at Chapel of the Cross.

We've been using the Order for Compline, as set by David Hurd.

Here are our little additions:

Ecce concipiens (Jacob Gallus (Handl))
Psalms 31 and 134 (chanted to Tone 8)
Hymn: Creator of the stars of night (CREATOR ALME SIDERUM)
Lord's Prayer (Robert Stone)
Nunc Dimittis (fauxbourdon, H. Willan)
Alma Redemptoris Mater (Marian antiphon right after the Dismissal)
Ave Maria (Tomas Luis de Victoria)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (JG Walther)

Van was away for Thanksgiving, and Lewis had taken the director's reigns for the evening. He did a great job.

Initially, he had planned not to have an organ voluntary. I asked him would that be the policy during Advent? He said not necessarily; he just hadn't thought to ask someone to play the organ for afters. I told him I had been playing a certain setting of Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme all day, so I might as well play it here, too. So, with a minute before the service was to start, Lewis requested that I play, and I accepted. And at the end of the service, I received lots of compliments over how I played the piece, in addition to Lewis' undying thanks. ;)

Van is seeking suggestions for the post-Compline organ improvisations. Feel free to send him your suggestions via the comm box below (or if you're reading this in Facebook, leave a comment). Even better, if you're Facebook friends with Van, either PM him or write on his wall your suggestions. :)

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