|Composer Richard Proulx
Price $6.75 (U.S.) Released 6/92
Difficulty Mod. easy/Mod. diff.
Catalog no. 160-725
Following the success and acclaim of his first collection, Proulx presents more of his improvisations that will excite congregations about singing. Several would also work alone as outstanding preludes. Includes intonations on familiar hymns such as Coronation, Crucifer, Diademata, First Nowell, Hyfrydol, Old Hundredth, Slane, Stuttgart, Westminster Abbey, and others, along with several intonations on contemporary hymn tunes. Intonations vary from easy to advanced.
Komt nu met Zang
"Interesting and often challenging music by this outstanding composer of music for the church. Volume V consists of sixteen intonations, five of which are based on twentieth-century tunes. The majority of the remainder are based on well-known melodies. Proulx here stretches the common boundaries of what is "church music" to embrace music rooted in the last decade of our century. Excellent writing, but not for churches that are used only to conservative-sounding music. Very highly recommended for those churches that have adventurous music programs.Both of these volumes stand apart from and, I feel, above the majority of music written for the church. I wish there were more people composing in similar styles. It would help move church music into the twentieth century-now that it is almost the twenty-first!"-The Hymn, October 1993
"[Proulx's] settings are fresh and creative, exploring various tonal resources of the organ and remaining within a reasonable level of difficulty for the organist. These are excellent material for hymn introductions, but try some of them as potludes, too."-Cross Accent, 1/94
"Volume V (160-725) is subtitled "More Intonations' and contains 16 short pieces intended as hymn introductions. Forms and styles vary from fughettas to toccatas to impressionistic pieces. These are not the place to start, if the organist or congregation are just beginning to experiment with varied intonations! But they are full of fresh sounds for those who need a new direction. Especially noteworthy are several tunes that are seldom or never set elsewhere. Carol Doran's Authority, David Hurd's Mighty Savior, and Proulx's own tunes Aldine and Castelwood join the ranks with other more traditional tunes." -AAM Journal