Context is everything, dear readers, and if you haven't already found it, there's a related video for the menacing Gospel procession I posted on Wednesday.
It makes much more sense if heard, as it would have been, after the Papal entrance anthem.
Here's "Tu es Petrus":
Comes across mostly as serious and grand in this context. Seeing the procession helps. (Here's another copy that's not interrupted by the commentator. Sound quality isn't as good, though.)
What's next?That sustained organ pedal G isn't explained by either clip. It would be interesting to know what happens to that -- if it's simply held and dies out, or if the organist is transitioning into something else. There's more to the story here, and we just aren't getting it from these YouTube clips. I guess liturgy really is the work of the people and not the internet.
Heard after this, the Gospel procession isn't as shocking. In fact, it's a little boring. We've already heard this stuff.
All told, I like MacMillan's music a lot, and his tweaking of the anthem to create this fanfare works well. I like the animated bit at the end (it is a bit John Williamsy, isn't it?), but I think I would like it more if the organist wasn't rushing.
Labels: church music, liturgy, MacMillan, Roman Catholocism
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