Daily Archives: August 26, 2012

Dear God

Dear God,

I bless you this day for the rain that is falling from the skies, and for the nurture that your nature provides this parched earth.  I thank you for the smell and scent of rain, for the dark of clouds, and the clap of thunder.  I truly do.

Now, would you please send Samson the Feist a chill pill?  This poor canine likes not the clap of thunder, or the sound of rainfall since thunder might also be attendant.

In any case, thank you!
Yours,

Jeff

Next project

I have this afternoon completed the typesetting and editing of all six pages of my “Forest Park” Preces and Responses, according to the Book of Common Prayer, Rite I.  This setting is for my friends and colleagues in the Choir of The Church of Saint Michael and Saint George.

My shoulders are tired, and I could keep fiddling, but I must set these down and move on.  And truth be told, finishing . . . being done . . . feels good for the mind and soul.

Here’s a teaser of one of the responses:

My next project is a setting of Sara Teasdale texts for baritone and oboe.  I’ll be premiering these myself in December as part of a faculty composers’ concert at Webster University.

But first . . . a study-abroad proposal is due this week, and that gets my attention first.

Healey Willan

I came home from church this morning humming portions of Healey Willan‘s Missa Maria Magdelena, our standard congregational sung mass setting at The Church of Saint Michael and Saint George.

I know this mass setting so well that I usually sing it without much thought, but today in service I found myself really engaged in the notes as well as the words.

Some years back, in 2000, on my first visit to Toronto with my friend Ken, we sought out Healey Willian’s old parish and paid homage to this giant of Anglican music.  I’ve programmed his works since then, and of course have sung them in concert and in services.

God bless Healey Willan.

[From the OUP website:  Healey Willan (1880-1968)

Healey Willan was a Anglo-Canadian organist and composer. He was born in Balham, London and emigrated to Canada in 1913 to become the head of the theory department at the Canadian Conservatory of Music (now the Royal Conservatory of Music) in Toronto. In addition, he took the post of organist and choirmaster at Saint Paul’s Church, later working at St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto until his death in 1968. In 1956 he received the Lambeth Doctorate from the Archbishop of Canterbury, and became one of the first members of the Order of Canada in 1967.]

Here’s the Santus from his aforementioned Mass setting: