Thursday, August 31, 2006

New Texts? Why buy now?

Maybe this announcement from GIA has been up for a while, but it does appear that the notice of a revised liturgical texts has caused some degree of buyer reticence:

For those contemplating the purchase of a new GIA hardbound hymnal, we first want you to know you will qualify for the above-mentioned supplement under the stated terms. Second, it is impossible to predict a date for the mandatory implementation of the revised liturgy, and the decision to invest in a hardbound hymnal for your parish is an important decision that only you can make. There is a lot for you to consider and whatever resource you currently use will certainly play a part in your decision.

Please keep in mind that the songs and hymns, which constitute the majority of all GIA’s hymnals, will still be perfectly viable for many years to come. The proposed changes will only involve a few phrases within the Order of Mass. To reiterate, GIA will provide a complimentary supplement that will satisfy all the requirements of the revised Order of Mass.

P.S. My new copy of Liturgical Rounds just came in the mail from GIA. It is just so wonderful, filled with many many charming pieces for kids' choirs, new choirs just starting to work with polyphony, or for established choirs who are looking for fun material for rehearsal or social events. Music by Tallis, Mozart, Josquin, and others, along with folk favorites, all arranged for singing in rounds.

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