Monday, February 7, 2011

Compline at Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC—2.6.2011

I had fallen behind with posts, so this post has been back-dated to February 7, 2011.

Compline at Chapel of the Cross.

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

Here are our little additions:

Lord, for Thy tender mercy's sake (Farrant)
Psalms 31 and 134 (chanted to Tone 8)
Hymn: To you before the close of day (TE LUCIS ANTE TERMINUM, Mode 8)
In manus tuas (Sheppard; sung in addition to "Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit ...)
Lord's Prayer (Robert Stone)
Nunc Dimittis from Short Service (O. Gibbons)
Ave Regina Cælorum (Marian antiphon right after the Dismissal)
Ave Maria (Tomas Luis de Victoria)
Choral Dorien (JA 67; Jehan Alain)

Lewis Moore had to step in and direct at the last minute. I also stepped in and played the organ voluntary at the end of the service. I got a lot of mileage out of the Alain piece. Since it was the 100th anniversary of his birth February 3, I decided to honour him by playing this piece. I didn't get much of a chance to register it on the Kleuker, but somehow, I managed. Don't ask me what I did... I just pulled stops and hoped for the best.

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. :)

(Note: the picture above depicts one of the votive candle layouts that Jimmy Satterwhite had laid out a couple of years ago. I can't remember where the picture came from, though.)

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