Magazine article Pastoral Music

Verbum Caro, Panem Verum

Magazine article Pastoral Music

Verbum Caro, Panem Verum

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Verbum Caro, Panem Verum. Text by St. Thomas Aquinas. Music by Paul M. French. SSAATB choir (unaccompanied). WLP, 008745, $1.40. A choral setting of the fourth stanza of Aquinas's famous Eucharistic hymn "Pange lingua." The text celebrates the Word-Made-Flesh fashioning his flesh from real bread, a transformation only faith can apprehend. The musical setting is in a style inspired by plainchant, though it does not reference the well-known "Pange lingua" melody. It begins by alternating, phrase by phrase, unison men with the full ensemble. When the whole group is singing, the upper voices are in a faux-bourdon-like arrangement, plane-ing stepwise over the more drone-like lower voice(s), creating lots of passing dissonance and some good four- and five-pitch sonorities. Harmonies alternating from minor to major on the tonic and sub-dominant create a nice tonal ambiguity. …

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