Friday, April 29, 2011

And there was music

from w
I tracked down the list of music played/sung at 'the wedding' and what an insular British list it was - no world music at all. Nothing from the 'colonies'! Some I liked especially the Mealor Ubi caritas which was deeply spiritual. There was far too much music actually and it must have been a bit boring for some of the congregation. Apparently they did the massive organ extravaganza by Vidor after the ceremony. That's a beauty and I wrote a short story about it one time after a wedding I attended at the local St Andrews church - suggesting that the organist must have had a 'very happy time' playing it!
Anyway here's the list (adapted from a website)

Before the Service
organ pieces: Fantasia in G (Pièce d’orgue à 5) by Johann Sebastian Bach, followed by Veni Creator Spiritus by the Master of The Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies; Prelude on St. Columba Op. 28 by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford andSonata for Organ Op. 28 (Allegro maestoso and Allegretto) by Edward Elgar. Elgar Serenade for Strings in E minor Op. 20 (Allegro piacevole, Larghetto and Allegretto) Britten Courtly Dance V: Galliard from Gloriana (Symphonic Suite) Op. 53a no. 7 Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves Maxwell Davies Farewell to Stromness Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring Walton Touch Her Soft Lips and Part from Henry V Suite Finzi Romance for String Orchestra Op. 1 and Canzona from Organ Sonata in C minor by Percy Whitlock.

Processional Music
a Fanfare by The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry to mark the arrival of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. March from The Birds by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry. Prelude on Rhosymedre by Ralph Vaughan Williams will accompany the Procession of the Clergy, and was chosen for its Welsh echoes. The Couple have selected I was Glad, also by Parry, for the Procession of the Bride.

Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer’, words by William Williams, translated by Peter Williams and others, and music by John Hughes. The second will be Love Divine All Love Excelling, words by Charles Wesley and music by William Penfro Rowlands. The third will be Jerusalem, by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, words by William Blake.

The Anthem and Motet
The Anthem, This is the day which the Lord hath made, has been composed specially for the occasion by John Rutter.
Motet Ubi caritas by Paul Mealor, a Welsh composer, who is currently Reader in Composition at The University of Aberdeen.

The National Anthem will be sung immediately before the Signing of the Registers.

The Signing of the Registers and the Recessional
Blest pair of Sirens, words by John Milton from At a Solemn Musick, music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry.
Fanfare, called Valiant and Brave, after the motto of No. 22 Squadron (Search and Rescue Force) The Recessional, for the Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom, will be Crown Imperial by William Walton. Toccata from Symphonie V by Charles-Marie Widor and Pomp and Circumstance March no. 5 by Edward Elgar will follow the Service.

More about Mealor and a sample is on youtube.

Little-known British composer Paul Mealor has been chosen by the royal couple to compose a new choral work for the Westminster Abbey ceremony. The 35-year-old's music may have been hitherto largely unknown outside his native Wales. The royal couple resides on North Wales' Isle of Anglesey, Mealor's hometown.

The composer has adapted music from his Now sleeps the crimson petal to a setting of a 6th-century Latin hymn. The incipit of the new work, Ubi caritas, translates to "Where charity and love are, God is there". Featuring a solo for boy treble, it showcases Mealor's accessible style and luminous choral writing.

“I was thrilled to hear that HRH Prince William of Wales had chosen my music for his wedding", he said. "How humbling it is for me to know that Prince William and Catherine will celebrate the beginning of their lives together with my music . . . The ceremony is going to be, without a doubt, the most emotionally intense and exhilarating hour of my life!’’

Mealor is shaping up to be one of the most significant choral composers in Wales, lauded by the New York Times for writing "music of deep spiritual searching that always asks questions, offers answers and fills the listener with hope."

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