In addition to my regular Masses at Holy Ghost, I played a Sunday afternoon Mass today at St. Augustine Church in Providence. Good sized modern-built church, but with a traditional seating plan, a recently built III/30 Peragallo organ (1996), AND (yes!) an altar rail!
Music was selected by the music director, Paula Fontes (except for Mysterium, Per Ipsum, and Communion music, which she left up to me). She normally plays the other Masses (six of them) while Henri St. Louis (one of Rhode Island's best living organists) covers the 5:30 Mass on Sundays. So, actually covering for Henri, I knew I had some big shoes to fill today! I was honored to take the extra work.
The Peragallo was fun to play. I learned from Fr. Connerton that Henri's favorite stop is the Trompette en Chemade. I didn't try that stop yet, but will soon enough (hopefully, if I get another substitute job there). I particularly like the 32' Soubasse on the pedal. Very reminiscent of the 32' on the Casavant (a big IV/120 tracker) at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence. I decided on Ralph Vaughn Williams' prelude on the tune RHOSYMEDRE (aka, "Lovely"). I haven't heard that prelude sound so good before, except on a CD that Holy Name schola cantorum member Ralph Pope had given me (Mr. Pope is a big fan of Vaughn Williams). For the postlude, I opened the organ up and went with some of my own impromptu variations on NETTLETON.
Thanks to Paula Fontes and Fr. Barry Connerton for letting me fill in for Henri.
Processional hymn: ST. CATHERINE - Faith of our fathers, living still
Kyrie and Gloria: recited
LITURGY OF THE WORD
Psalm: Alstott - Lord, let us see your kindness
Alleluia: Mode VI
LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Offertory hymn: Dufford - Be Not Afraid (all the other selections were really good, so I won't complain)
Sanctus: Vermulst - People's Mass
Mysterium Fidei and Per Ipsum: Danish
Lord's Prayer: recited
Agnus Dei: Mass XVIII
Communion hymn: RENDEZ A DIEU - Father, we thank thee who hast planted
Recessional hymn: NETTLETON - God, we praise you
With all this sung, we were still done in less than 40 minutes. Fr. Connerton wastes no time. :-)