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All Things Rite & Musical 048

All Things Rite & Musical 048

Hymns We Should Always Be Fixing:

An in-depth conversation about the Hymnal 1982, mistakes and all. We also chat about psalms.



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Bruce Cornely

What’s with the annoying synthesizer interludes.. UGH!
For the canticles, pausing at the asterisk is awful and breaks the sentence needlessly. Why would you stop to meditate on an incomplete thought? Why was this done in a monastic community…. my guess being acoutical/long reverberation. Psalms should be sung, but the 1979 translations are so unpoetic. Congregations should not have to rely on a conductor. Choral conductors as well as verbal ones are distracting.
It would help if the title of the hymn being discussed was used rather than the number.
One way to avoid new errors is to stop having new hymnals. If there are new hymns to add I think a supplement would be preferable so that churches have the option of using them. Service music, as well, would be more conveniently located in a separate book since parishes use only one or two settings, or a setting not in the hymnal.
Traditional poetic texts should not be altered, even for politically correct reasons.

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