Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Pre-reformation rite of installation to be used

The blog for the Installation of Archbishop Nichols has some interesting updates. The music promises to be superb:
James MacMillan has been commissioned to write two pieces: one for choir, organ, brass and timps, the other for choir a cappella. Both are settings of texts from the pre-reformation rite of reception and installation of an Archbishop of Canterbury.

Other music will include 2 specially composed fanfares by Colin Mawby, a former Master of Music, and his setting of Ave verum corpus. The mass setting is Palestrina's Missa Tu es Petrus, and the offertory motet is an 8-part Venetian setting of Iubilate Deo by Giovanni Gabrieli. The Te Deum is sung to gregorian chant alternating with a fauxbourdon by Victoria.
The rite itself is to be the ancient Catholic rite used in similar circumstances for the Reception and Installation of the Archbishops of Canterbury prior to the Reformation.

See also Christina White's excellent article in the Catholic Herald on the new vestments: Byzantium with a twist of mulberry silk.

Damian reports that the Tablet have been asking how much they cost. Sigh!

Quousque tandem abutere Tabula patientia nostra?

(google the phrase)
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