David Alan Webb | Window on the World: An Instrumental Interpretation of the Catholic Mass

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Window on the World: An Instrumental Interpretation of the Catholic Mass

by David Alan Webb

Original, classical-style music that paints interpretive stories corresponding with the components of the liturgy, including arrangements or adaptations of traditional melodies and ambient sound effects.
Genre: Spiritual: Hymns
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gathering, Prayer, and Meditation
4:54 $0.99
2. Procession (Praise to the Lord)
1:18 $0.99
3. Greetings, Penance, and Kyrie
3:47 $0.99
4. Glory to God
1:52 album only
5. Let Us Pray
2:05 $0.99
6. In The Beginning...
5:16 $0.99
7. Praise Him, For He is Good (And His Mercy Endureth Forever)
2:58 $0.99
8. Apostles & Acclamation
3:39 $0.99
9. The Story of God Among Us
3:57 $0.99
10. Nicene Creed
3:57 $0.99
11. We Pray to The Lord
2:20 $0.99
12. Labors of Love
2:06 $0.99
13. Gethsemane (Thy Will Be Done)
4:12 $0.99
14. Holy, Holy, Holy
2:20 album only
15. What Rabboni Did This Passover!
3:50 $0.99
16. Up Mount Moriah
1:57 $0.99
17. The Fellowship of Our Suffering
4:33 $0.99
18. The Lord's Prayer
2:23 $0.99
19. If You Have Ought Against
2:03 $0.99
20. Ouside the Walls
3:15 $0.99
21. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
3:17 $0.99
22. Go In Peace
2:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
The music of "Window on the World" paints interpretive stories that correspond with the components of the ancient liturgy. This original, instrumental, classical-style music can be enjoyed simply, like the music to a movie which one has never seen, or it can be pondered for deeper meanings, using the framework of the liturgy and the titles of the pieces as interpretive context. It includes arrangements or adaptations of traditional melodies and instrumental narrative like soundtracks (complete with ambient sound effects). The numbers range from fully orchestrated, symphonic pieces to more intimate settings for as few as four instruments.

Traditional melodies that have been incorporated as arrangements or adaptations include the following (with track numbers in parentheses):

We Gather Together (1)
Praise to the Lord (2)
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (6)
Were You There? (13)
The Lord's Prayer (traditional chant) (18)
Simple Gifts (19)
What Wondrous Love Is This (20)
The Church's One Foundation (22)

Remarks on selected tracks follow:

6. "In the Beginning..."
For the Old Testament reading, this tells a basic story in music--the creation and its glory, the rebellion and its consequences, and hope for God's healing (via an arrangement of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel").

9. "The Story of God Among Us"
For the Gospel Reading, this includes four sections--annunciation, the Christ Theme, crucifixion, and resurrection.

13. "Gethsemane (Thy Will Be Done)"
One of two pieces for the Preparation of the Gifts, it includes an arrangement of the old spiritual, "Where You There?" (Gethsemane was the garden where the Christ prepared Himself for the ordeal of His passion on the evening of His arrest.) The words for the cello solo should be as follows:

Not My will, but Thine be done. (repeat)

If there's anyway, Lord, that it can be,
I pray that this cup pass away from Me.
Nevertheless, Lord, nevertheless,
O, My Lord, may Thy will be done.

Not my will, but thy will. (repeat)
Not my will, but Thine be done.
(choral/instrumental reprise)
Thy will be done, etc.

16. "Up Mount Moriah"
Mt. Moriah is where God commanded that Abraham should sacrifice his son Isaac. One of several pieces for the Eucharistic Prayer, this piece expresses an imagined conversation between father and son on the way up, mirroring our own such struggles in life's difficult times. It reprises a brief melody from the Psalm, "Praise Him, for He is Good," alternating with music expressing puzzled questions. It ends with a melody for the Memorial Acclamation, "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again."

20. "Outside the Walls"
For the Agnus Dei, this brings the listener to the hill Golgotha for the Crucifixion. It includes an arrangement of "What Wondrous Love is This" and a melody for the words of the "Lamb of God" (in English).



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