Yesterday I sang Westendorf’s O Blessed Savior at three morning masses, which is a song that I have always really liked even though it constantly changes meter. Needless to say I got all emotional, but since this blog is running the risk of turning into Felice Mi Fa’s Emotional Jamboree, I’ll leave that to your imagination.
This is what intrigued me: in place of a tempo marking, the score read “With Great Reverence”. Has there ever been a church piece that was not intended that way? That has had the marking “With Blazing Disrespect?” It irks me when composers give marks like that: “somewhat funky, not too fast”, “peppy!”.
I am teetering on the edge of a liturgical music rant, but I think I will restrain myself.