Sunday, March 07, 2010

Anglican Chant IV, from Bristol Cathedral

Now this is more like it. This is the Walmisley chant that I yammer on about on this blog and so adore - S7 in the 1982. (The Psalm is sung approximately 2.24 times on this video, for some strange reason. I guess they just wanted all their film of the buildings in the clip.)

Psalm 148

1 O praise the Lord of heaven *
praise him in the height.
2 Praise him, all ye angels of his *
praise him, all his host.
3 Praise him, sun and moon *
praise him, all ye stars and light.
4 Praise him, all ye heavens *
and ye waters that are above the heavens.
5 Let them praise the Name of the Lord *
for he spake the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created.
6 He hath made them fast for ever and ever *
he hath given them a law which shall not be broken.
7 Praise the Lord upon earth *
ye dragons, and all deeps;
8 Fire and hail, snow and vapours *
wind and storm, fulfilling his word;
9 Mountains and all hills *
fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle *
worms and feathered fowls;
11 Kings of the earth and all people *
princes and all judges of the world;
12 Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the Name of the Lord *
for his Name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth.
13 He shall exalt the horn of his people; all his saints shall praise him *
even the children of Israel, even the people that serveth him.


Anonymous said...

Where do you have these Anglican Chant Tones on your site? I can't find this!!!

bls said...

Hi Anonymous:

Anglican Chant is different from Gregorian Chant, and doesn't have tones - only melodies, which are composed. It's also different in that it isn't monotone, but uses harmony, usually in four parts. Here, for example, is a sample of another Walmisley Anglican Chant (not the one sung above).

Gregorian Chant does not use harmony. There are 8 traditional tones (plus the tonus peregrinus), which you can find here. Gregorian Chant is probably at least 1200 years old; Anglican Chant was a later development - it began during the Reformation.

Anonymous said...

Oh, sorry, I know (I did about 8 years as a professional tenor in Episcopal Churches back in the day and we did LOTS of AC) but I was looking for the music then to that particular Anglican Chant.

bls said...

Oh, OK - I misunderstood, sorry. You can find the music to that chant in the 1982 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church in the USA. It's the Venite S7 in the Service Music section of the book.

I haven't see it anywhere else....

Anonymous said...

Thanks alot! I know that hymnal!


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