Unmercenary Sacred Music

Choir Practice Resources

November 9 , 2003

Parishioners Present:

Sloan, Emilie, Cindy, Mike, Fr. Luke, Mat. Miriam, and Nick.


No practice next week. However, we will take a quick look at the tone six prokeimenon and alleluia immediately after the end of the divine liturgy. Those who have been to vespers will recognize the melody from the vesperal prokeimenon of Saturday night; therefore, it is not really new.

Old Music:

Anaphora: In the "Holy, Holy, Holy" the word sabaoth is to be pronounced as SAH-bah-oth, that is, the a should be like the a in father, not fat. So open up your mouth wide and sing, "AH."

Creed: In the first line of the akathist-melody creed, we need to sing it as it is written. The word I is not accented; the second syllable of believe is. Do not sing I on a half-note.

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New Music:

Galician Tone Five Prokeimenon and Alleluia: We practiced only the prokeimenon, but I am including the Alleluia. I have adjusted it a bit from the setting we practiced to make it a bit easier for the altos (voice crossing is gone).

Lesson: Changeable Parts of Liturgy

The elements of the divine liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil can be split into two types: fixed and changeable. There are several other terms that can be employed for "changeable" such as propers. Understanding these elements is a key to making the liturgical celebration go smoother. Knowing what changes and when reduces the risk for error and unnecessary correction and confusion during the liturgy. Below is a summary and some detailed remarks about the changeable items which concern those who sing the liturgy. During Sunday's rehearsal, I enumerated the elements; I will go into a bit more detail here. I am not including changes that occur at hierarchical liturgies.

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