Musical Settings for Holy Communion

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  1. Symphorian

    Symphorian Well-Known Member

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    How does your church utilise music in its setting for Holy Communion? At my parish church we mostly sing John Merbecke's setting which was commissioned by ++Cranmer for the First BCP of 1549. Cranmer desired a much simpler style of music than was prevalent under the old English Uses. Merbecke duly produced a collection of service music called 'The Book of Common Prayer Noted' which was published in 1550.

    We use Merbecke's setting for the Kyries, Gloria, Sanctus/Benedictus and Agnus Dei. (He also set the Creed and Lord's Prayer).

    Here's Merbecke's setting of the Gloria. The organ accompaniment in this arrangement gives it a somewhat contemporary feel:

     
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    Scottish Monk Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful music in the video audio clip.
     

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