Friday, February 19, 2010

Rest in Peace: Richard Proulx

Good day to one and all.

We were shocked and saddened this morning to receive word of the death of Richard Proulx, certainly one of the giants in the world of composition.

The treasury of liturgical compositions penned by this extraordinary composer is vast. One colleague here at WLP mused the following on his Facebook page this morning:

How many of us throughout the world were practicing his music last night as he left us? I was practicing his setting of Jesus, Lead the Way last night. His musical legacy will be with us always.

Here are just a few snippets of Proulx's music we have had the privilege of publishing here at WLP.

Here Is Joy for Every Age
Two Litanies for Advent and Lent

May the choir of angels lead you into paradise . . .
May the martyrs come to welcome you . . .
And take you to the holy city . . .
The new and eternal Jerusalem.


Charles said...

RIP, Maestro; "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Alan Hommerding said...

I just posted on the PrayTell blog that my last work with Richard was the revisions he did for us on the two "heritage" Masses (Peoples and Christian Unity) by Jan Vermulst, to adapt them for use with the new translation. Richard loved to share his opinions and reminiscences - both of which he did in abundance while working on these Vermulst pieces from the early days of the liturgical renewal. He produced a beautiful Gloria Simplex as a "by product" (his term) of working on the Vermulst. His ongoing inspiration and creativity was, truly, cause for admiration. It will be difficult to not think, as Wisdom says, that this is an affliction. Let his ongoing legacy of beauty be our peace, as he is at peace.

Anonymous said...

We were working on his Mass setting to "Land of Rest" at last night's rehearsal. A truly "practical" musician and very performable composer.

Requiescat in Pace;


Anonymous said...

To my dearest friend may you rest in the comfort of God's loving arms.

Lawrence Sanders

Mary Ann Livengood said...

As I think of the passing of this gentle soul, I have a "bright sadness" in my heart; bright for having known such a dear man, and sadness for having to say goodbye. There will be some laughter in heaven as he joins many that have gone before.

May light perpetual shine upon Richard.

Mary Ann Livengood

Joe said...

A tribute and a discussion of Richard Proulx' legacy is happening here. Join in.

Rest in peace