Song of Farewell and In Paradisum
  • PolskaPiano
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    Forgive me if this has been answered a few times, but I did not find my answer after reading many older threads:

    I am playing for an OF funeral mass in which In Paradisum is requested as a recessional hymn. (That's wonderful and the first time someone has taken up my offer to use the chant.) However, now I'm questioning what to use at the Song of Farewell. All the SoF I know- we generally use Smolarski's Old Hundreth- are basically English translations of In Paradisum. It doesn't make sense to me to duplicate the text. So...

    What do I use at the incensing? Funeral is tomorrow so my time to learn something is limited.
    I appreciate your advice.
  • ServiamScores
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    We do the "Song of Farewell" by Sands:
    https://youtu.be/QOZ0nDK7p00
    (albeit not so dirge-y)
  • ServiamScores
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    (I inherited the Sands, although I don't mind it. I've offered the version based on old hundredth for a long time but no one has ever chosen it.)

    PS-- here's my english/latin transcription of In Paradisum: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/6080596f62a0455c6b40e46b/t/62b477048089a6480be49e70/1655994116340/In+Paradisum+•+English+Transcription+•+Richardson.pdf
  • PolskaPiano
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    I am familiar with the Sands, but my point was that the words for that song of farewell are basically what I'd be singing (in Latin) at the In Paradisum. That's my issue- duplicating the words in the liturgy.
  • cmb
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    The Smolarski/Old Hundredth is a translation of the Subvenite, not In Paradisum. So, it's highly appropriate to do both.
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  • GambaGamba
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    Yes, they’re two separate things for two separate occasions.

    Subvenite (“Saints of God, come to his aid,” or some paraphrase of same) during incensing of the coffin.

    In Paradisum (“May the angels lead you into paradise”) at the end as the coffin is carried out.

    Check with the celebrant, too and make sure he’s aware you’re fixing to sing it; I’ve found many are worn out and sadly expect to depart to “Danny Boy” or something else, so they read the In Paradisum out of the book before the final music. This is unnecessary if you’re going to sing it.
  • ServiamScores
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    You could try my "chant hymn" (ie- a hymn I wrote in a chant style)

    "Jesus, Lord, have mercy" which I do at funerals on occasion. (Basically, whenever I'm given free reign to choose the music myself.)
  • (I inherited the Sands, although I don't mind it. I've offered the version based on old hundredth for a long time but no one has ever chosen it.)

    Easy fix - don't offer the option. I just say that the Subvenite in some way will be sung and I pick a setting (Bartlett or OLD HUNDRETH) based on the cantor.

    PolskaPiano: the Bartlett chant (attached in the PDF as Final Commendation) isn't too hard and I think really boosts the solemnness of the moment.
  • rich_enough
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    The Subvenite / Saints of God is assigned to the final commendation, so I'm not sure why the In paradisum / May the angels is being done at that point (see the 1974 Graduale Romanum, p. 692). It's confusing at best to call the latter a "Song of Farewell" as this is the official title of the music at the final commendation. I suppose we could choose our own text at this point, but why not go with what's in the Graduale?

    I second the idea that you simply don't offer (music) options for the "Song of Farewell." Most people aren't aware it exists in the first place.

    The chant-style setting by Theodore Marier (attached) sets the official text and I think it works well.
  • PolskaPiano
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    CMB- you are right!! (Also, Gamba) Yes, Smolarski's is the Subvenite! I think I got mixed up because the last funeral (at the pastor's request) I sang May Choirs of Angels (O Danny Boy) and I had those lyrics in my head. Sheesh. My problem was not really a problem at all. Thanks for catching that!
  • I've often used Richard Proulx's Saints of God and there is also a setting by Chepponis which is rather nice and singable (although the score puts the descant where the melody should be)
  • Don9of11Don9of11
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    This hymn was sung at my grandfathers furneral in 1957 before I was born. I don't know if it was sung before Mass or as the "Song of Farewell" but it certainly could be done for either. I would like to have this hymn sung at my funeral someday and I think it would make a perfect "Song of Farewell."
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  • At the risk of dragging this post off topic, as I was thinking about Don's post I asked myself what I would like sung at my funeral, but not in place of the In Paradisum or the Subvenite or any other required, proper texts.

    I came up with two, pieces, but one won't make the cut. Sir Edward Bairstow's I sat down under his shadow is one of them, and the other is Sir Charles Stamford's Beati quorum via integra est, but I should make other plans, in case it is more appropriate to sing Non nobis, Domine (I've written a setting some years ago) or some setting of In manus tuas Domine or Nunc Dimittis
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    "In Manus Tuas, Domine"
    Ned Tipton and the St. John's Cathedral Compline Choir, Los Angeles
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  • PaxTecum
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    I echo rich_enough and add that I typically use Weber's "subvenite" at the song of farewall (english chant, loosely set to the traditional gregorian melody) and in paradisum at the recessional (often followed immediately by whatever gaudy song the family chose).
  • ServiamScores
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    Charles, your motet is gorgeous. Where can I find the score?
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Here you are -- also available at CPDL -- the original was for ATBarB, but the SATB would probably work better.

  • ServiamScores
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    but the SATB would probably work better.
    considering one of my former sopranos has "graduated" to pulling double-duty with the tenors on occasion, perhaps not. lol! But thank you!
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