--- In email@example.com
, "Stan Takis"
> Dear Dana:
> Right now I don't mind this being back and forth between you and me.
> I know there are a handful of lurkers here, but I hope your post on
> the Byzantine Chant board will inspire more folks to post here.
Same here, on all counts. :-)
I do think that this is a much more appropriate place to discuss the
musical woes of the GOA (as well as other musical aspects of the GOA)
than one of the lists that focuses on specific types of music (such as
> ... if you read all of the stuff he wrote at the beginning and
> end of the hymnal, Anastasiou indicated that for mixed choirs, women
> and men were to double the written parts.
Looking at p. 325, in the back, I see that he had it in mind for the
Sopranos and Tenors to double on the upper part in the treble clef,
the "Contralti" and "Baritoni" to double on the lower part in that
clef, and the "first and second Bases" [sic] to sing the two parts on
the bass clef.
Well, this at least would offer additional voices for those 3-note
(and sometimes 4-note) chords that show up in the treble clef ...
(Dana shakes his head, trying to believe his eyes)
> He also goes into a long endorsement of the organ and claims with
> pride to have introduced it in America.
Yes ... he does, and he does.
> I had a chuckle over your comment about the "organ apichima."
Yeah, that goes in the I Kid You Not department.
But what I was getting at, with all that, is that we can grow to
depend upon the organ, when our choir sings music *that was written to
have organ accompaniment*. If the organ has moving parts while the
choir holds sustained notes ... then when the organ stops playing,
something will feel "missing".
I have only just noticed this -- just a few days ago, in my parish
choir where we stopped using the organ a couple of years ago. No one
seriously misses the organ, perhaps because we *can* double (most of)
the organ's music. For us, it's not a serious loss.
I don't have a wide acquaintance with today's GOA organ-and-choir
repertoire; I really know little more than my own choir's repertoire,
and I have only a nodding acquaintence with other composers and
compositions. But it struck me that this was a situation that
composers *could* paint their music into (dependence upon the organ).
I wonder whether any others (other composers than Anastasiou, whom we
have already discussed) have?