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May-25-2011

Day 111(2 days late): Veni Sancte Spiritus

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

For this post I wanted to do something from my church music. We have a supplemental hymnal in my church called Wonder Love and Praise that we use a lot in the “family” service. It has a lot of hymns in it that are called Taizé, which is a music style developed from a monastic order in France. The hymns are very chant like in that the choir usually has something they repeat over and over in harmony while cantors sing the verses on top of that. I really love when we do this style of music at my church, because it’s so free-form and easy to fit you own melodies into the chanting background. We often do these hymns during communion and would take turns singing versus and playing improvised melodies oboe, horn, violin, flute, or whatever instruments happened to be there that day. And it always turns out awesome! And because it’s sort of chant-like, you can make it as long or as short as you need!

This hymn is number 832 in Wonder Love and Praise, and is called Veni Sancte Spiritus, which means Come, Holy Spirit. When we sang this in family choir, we would usually start with just the sopranos, then add in each part until all four parts were there and do the opposite at the end so it was just soprano left. I did it the same way! I moved the key up a bit from where it’s written so I would be able to sing the tenor part a little bit better, but there was no way I was going to be able to sing the bass part. I ended up just singing it up an octave and then taking it down in Garage Band…. it’s sounds sort of like a robot, but I felt it was necessary to have it for the dissonant chords.

Veni Sancte Spiritus

I really loved doing this and will probably do more Taizé and church music!

Anna Grace