Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New Music for the Paschal Triduum: Welcome Tony Alonso

Happy Wednesday, folks.

I wanted to take some time today to share a new WLP resource with you. We at WLP are so excited to welcome Tony Alonso to our family of composers and performers. His collection, I Shall Live - Music for the Paschal Triduum, is, in a word, wonderful.

We worked with Tony as he shaped ritual music for many of the moments of the Triduum, using the texts of the new translation of The Roman Missal where applicable. I just wanted to share one piece with you today, to give you a taste of this entire collection. This Is the Night: Procession of the Paschal Candle and Exsultet begins with the celebrant chanting the conclusion of the preparation of the Paschal Candle. The piece provides music for the revised acclamation "The Light of Christ. Thanks be to God," then sets the new translation of the Exsultet. Actually, I would use the phrase "paints the new translation of the Exsultet." This is an accessible and beautiful piece of art that Tony has created. I cannot stop listening to the recording. Here's a snippet.

The recording will be available for purchase in early March. Our editors are working hard to make the octavos from the collection available as soon as possible. We Should Glory in the Cross, a processional piece for Holy Thursday, is available now. We sang it as part of the NPM musicians retreat on Long Island a few weeks ago and it worked beautifully. It just "sings" so well.

I don't say this very often (and perhaps I should!), but this collection is a "must have" for every parish. I told Tony earlier this week that for a company committed to serving the needs of the singing, praying, and initiating Church, this is a proud moment for WLP to be able to fulfill that commitment by publishing this collection.

Thanks for listening (and order your CD now!)

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Austin Fleming said...

The order form linked to says the CD is unavailable - may we presume that's an error?

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

No Austin, as I said in the blog post, it will be available in early March.

Austin Fleming said...

Mea culpa! I was so pleased after following the link at "snippet" that I tried to order before reading the rest of the post!

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

Thanks, Austin. Sang more of the selections today at an editorial review and was even more impressed with this collection. Thanks for following the blog and for supporting our mission at WLP.

Gregg said...

I really, really like the Exsultet. Good job. Looking forward to seeing the collection.

Steve Raml said...

Must echo Gregg's exuberance -- really really like it! We've been using WLP's J. Michael Thompson arrangement done with a quartet for the past several years, but wasn't keen on the revision of that piece. But this new one from Alonso -- now THIS is intriguing! I'll be looking for it soon!