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A Gregorian Liturgical Year for Organ, Vol. 3<br>The Vigil of Pentecost through Pentecost 17 Ordinary Time 24 - Proper 19


A Gregorian Liturgical Year for Organ, Vol. 3
The Vigil of Pentecost through Pentecost 17 Ordinary Time 24 - Proper 19

Product Number: AE126

Composer: Near, Gerald



"The first two volumes of A Gregorian Liturgical Year contained pieces for the Sundays and major feast days of the church from Advent I through the Seventh Sunday of Easter, i.e. the Sunday before the Day of Pentecost. This third volume covers the period from the Vigil of Pentecost through the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary Time 24, Proper 19).

Thematic material for each piece is taken from one of the Propers of the Mass (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, Communion), and the entire collection is keyed to the three-year Lectionary shared by Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, and Lutherans, as well as some denominational bodies not strictly liturgical by nature. The pieces range roughly in length from one to three minutes (an approximate timing will be found at the end of each number), and the level of difficulty may be said to range from ‘easy’ to ‘moderate.’ The chant melodies themselves are necessarily taken from the Roman Gradual (Graduale Romanum, Solesmes 1974), and the arrangement of the pieces takes the form of the liturgical calendar found in that volume. The composer has attempted to select chant melodies associated with texts common to all three churches for every Sunday and major feast of the church year. Thus organists will know that a given piece does indeed "belong" to the day or feast appointed whether or not the melodies themselves are easily associated merely by hearing them.

Players are encouraged to adopt a fairly 'free' rhythmic approach to these pieces but without, at the same time, exaggeration. Special attention should be paid in this regard to obvious points of cadence.

Suggestions for registration have been kept to a minimum; all of the pieces are registered for a two manual and pedal instrument with one enclosed division, crescendi/decrescendi thus referring to the Swell division. Imaginative players will find many and other attractive combinations.

Most of the pieces in these volumes are intended for use as preludes, offertories, or communion meditations, although there are a few postludes as well. The composer hopes organists serving non-liturgical churches will find these pieces useful in their particular situations as an enhancement to the beauty of worship, and that all players will be nudged to explore the wonders of Gregorian chant."
-Gerald Near

Additional Information

Product Number AE126
Available Editions View all Gregorian Liturgical Year sets
Composer/Arranger Near, Gerald
Voicing & Instruments Organ
Liturgical Year Pentecost, Trinity
Topics (Sacred) Communion
Difficulty Medium
Catholic Lectionary Holy Trinity C, Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ C, Pentecost C, Pentecost, Most Holy Trinity
Scripture Psalms 16:6; 9:5,10; 24:1-3; 26:4; 30:2,3; 46:2,3; 47:10,11 & 2; 58:2; 73:20,19,22,23 & 1; 80:2,3; 85:1-5; 103:30-31; 117:8; 118:134,124,1; Acts 2:2,4; Daniel 3:52; Wisdom 16:20; Sirach 36:18
Popular Keyboard Searches Chant-Based; Offertories; Postludes; Preludes
Publisher Aureole Editions

Near's consummate craftsmanship is clearly apparent in his use of a number of compositional devices (inversion, ostinato, imitation, parallel perfect intervals, and augmentation, among others) to great effect. He is also considerate of the organist with modest pedal technique or possessed of a small instrument (all registration indications are for a two-manual and pedal instrument with one enclosed division). Unassuming but never trivial, the pieces' noble simplicity will please organists and listeners of all stripes. What is perhaps most attractive about the works, however, is how natural and unforced they feel to the player. One gets the distinct impression that not only is Near intimately familiar with the chants but that these pieces were born out of liturgical improvisation.
-Nicholas J. Will, NPM Organ Recitative, September 2016

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