Church's document on Organ solo at the Funeral Mass
  • miacoyne
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    Where can I find a citation of the church's document on Funeral music that prohibits organ solo? Even if it may not apply to OF Mass strictly, I think it's good to know.

    Thank you.
  • matthewjmatthewj
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    Musicam Sacram.
  • irishtenoririshtenor
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    MJM is correct. It's specifically mentioned in Musicam Sacram:

    66. The playing of these same instruments as solos is not permitted in Advent, Lent, during the Sacred Triduum and in the Offices and Masses of the Dead.


    See more at: http://www.adoremus.org/MusicamSacram.html#sthash.1PFbUVB0.dpuf
  • G
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    i could be wrong, (I don't have a copy of it, ) but I believe I was told a more recent document, the Ceremonial of Bishops, relaxes the prohibition concerning Advent and reaffirms it for Lent and Masses for the Dead.

    (Save the Liturgy, Save the World)
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  • chonakchonak
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    Indeed, that's what MS says.

    Is it the general practice at funerals to avoid organ solos? If I remember right, organists often play during some of the ritual actions of funerals.
  • chonakchonak
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    The Ceremonial maintains the restrtiction on All Souls (#397). In Advent, organ music is to be "marked with ... moderation" (#236). The restriction is maintained in Lent (#252) and funerals (#824).
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  • ClergetKubiszClergetKubisz
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    Th funerals I've played for have always had singing during those ritual actions, and silence for some of the shorter ones such as the incensing of the casket, etc.
  • miacoyne
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    Thank you. I should have looked at the musicam sacram. I just looked at GIRM and couldn't find it. Ordering a copy of the Ceremonial of Bishops. I don't think there's a free online copy.