Friday, August 29, 2008

Let Him Deny Himself and Follow Me

This communion chant comes up this weekend in the ordinary form, and I had the impulse to blog about it because it is so special and yet I see that I have already done this. "It is a beautiful tune in a very short space, covering a very wide range, and with some interesting modulations and tensions. Most of all what we find here is an unmistakable forward motion that befits the text: If a man wish to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow...." Etc. All true.

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