Sunday, January 15, 2017

Choir Challenge

Through most of my ministr(ies), we have had Church choirs, of one kind or another. I have given these choirs, from time to time, personal requests or challenges. One such challenge was never fulfilled, because it was just too difficult for the choir -- namely, to sing a psalter. One way of describing a psalter is that, instead of fitting the words to the music, one fits the music to the words. OBSERVATION: A problem with this particular request was that the choir was trained with the tonic solfa, and tended to use spontaneous harmonies -- as one finds throughout South Africa. That does not make a good fit with a psalter.

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