Welcome to this installment of "New Translation Tuesday."
Last night, here in the Diocese of San Jose, approximately forty musicians gathered at Saint Martin of Tours Church to sing through musical settings of the new translation. Some had not yet seen the new texts. We moved through a variety of settings. It is always a delight to hear this music come alive. This was the first session at which participants sang from the actual choral scores for these Masses. You can see samples and listen to sound clips over at singthenewmass.com.
More and more musicians are telling me that they are deciding to use completely newly composed settings at first. They are saying that new settings will help the text become a part of the peoples' prayer, without the burden of re-learning an established setting. What are your thoughts about this?
Today I will be attending a session with the bishop and clergy of the diocese. I have been asked to give a kind of "state of the union" with respect to the implementation processes I have witnessed across the country. I am looking forward to this opportunity.
Well, I've gotta get on the move here. I hope your week is going well.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.