Vox Humana Posted June 2, 2007 Share Posted June 2, 2007 Just curious. The man who started me playing the organ was born in the 1880s or thereabouts and belonged to the old school that tied all repeated notes in hymns (he even tied them in the melodies, which made for some distinctly odd results in St Andrew of Crete). No one these days would tie notes in the melody, but many of us will have been brought up to regard tying notes in the lower parts as good practice. Recently while listening to broadcast Choral Evensongs I have noticed organists reiterating all repeated notes. There is even a book that advocates this, the rationale being that it makes the rhythm more overt and thus keeps a congregation better under control. I confess I have not listened often or keenly enough to know how widespread or otherwise the practice is. Is it now regarded as the norm? What do you do? For the record I tie some and repeat others, depending on what best projects the rhythm of the hymn and the words. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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