20th Century Folk Mass (Oriole/ Fiesta MG 20019/FLP 25000) 1957 UK *
While I was researching yesterday’s post I discovered this album and the historical significance and relationship to yesterday’s post. And the 20th Century group post. This album was recorded by the above group in 1957. Fred Weir in one article was referred to as the British equivalent of Percy Faith. Those who are older and lived through the 60’s and 70’s know Percy Faith and His Orchestra for easy listening, classical and light pop sounds. Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops or The Mantovani Orchestra or what today might be more characterized as elevator music. I have not had the opportunity to hear this album, as I have not acquired this album yet. It may well tend to be more tame than most Jesus music, and be more elevator music, however in it’s day this album jumped the excepted church music sound. I will provide links to several of the sites I scanned through while reseaching the albums that were inspired by this work which was written and published in 1956 by Fr. Geoffrey Beaumont, and Fr. Peter Appleford, both Anglican priest in England and other places around the world. Fr. Beaumont was b. in 1903 and passed home in 1970. Fr. Appleford was b. in 1925. So these men were relatively old when this was written. Together Beaumont and Appleford founded 20th Century Church Light Music Group. An earlier version of the other two 20th Century groups. Several members of the first group became part of the second group and third. After the work had been broadcast on the BBC Sunday 13 October 1957, from St. Augustine’s, Highgate. “This grotesque mixture had moments of madness,” declared the Daily Express. Please see and read 20th Century Folk Mass if you are interested in additional information on this early Jesus music. I think part of the definition of Jesus music should include some phraseology to reflect going against the traditional church music format of hymns and choir music. Almost always featuring only featuring organ or piano. The Salvation Army had brought in horns, after it’s foundation in London, UK in 1865 by former Methodist minister and his wife, William & Catherine Booth. “As the popularity of the organization grew and Salvationists worked their way through the streets of London attempting to convert individuals, they were sometimes confronted with unruly crowds. A family of musicians (the Frys, from Alderbury, Wiltshire) began working with the Army as their “bodyguards” and played music to distract the crowds.” See: The Salvation Army Services Music playing. See also some of these other articles on Godsong, The Twentieth-Century Hymn Explosion: Where the Fuse Was Lit, and Reflection Christian Music a site that has many of the sheet music for songs of this period as well as some MIDI files. The Parish of Oystermouth.
I have not acquired either the UK or US version of the album. Thank you Donald for al the photos for both albums.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-5||Hymn: Lord, Thy Word Abideth|
|2-2||Hymn: There's a Wideness in God's Mercy|
|2-3||Preface and Sanctus|
|2-5||The Breaking of Bread|
|Agnus Dei; Communion Sentence|
|Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God|