Prayer as Night Falls to be released in November

Prayer as Night FallsI’m happy to be finally writing again, after spending the last six months focusing on finishing my book, Prayer as Night Falls: Experiencing Compline, which will be published in November by Paraclete Press (the picture is from their Fall catalog). I sent the manuscript in the first week of April, and the editing took a couple more months. Recently, I went over the copyedited version, and sent that back yesterday, so I think I can come up for air now!

As you can see from the description, I take six themes inspired by Compline which are intertwined with history and stories from my own spiritual journey. But what I am really excited about is that there will be a website where one can listen to many examples of the music and texts which have been most inspiring to me

Expect to hear more about the book in coming blogs, but there is so much more to write about. Next time I will tell you about the Compline Choir’s new CD (released at the end of May), I Will Meditate. Also check out a new source of Compline podcasts at Search for the Compline Service under the “On Demand” menu.

  1. #1 by jefe on August 1, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    Well, this is all good news. I wondered where you wandered off to. I’ve been rediscovered since the publishing of my own book, “Jeff Reynolds A Comprehensive Workbook for bass trombone” and pulled out of mothballs to talk, play and arrange music for the trombone kids. It was kind of nice to be someone again. Along the way, I have worked Compline into the trombone picture doing a first ever, “Act like a Monk” night (aka: Compline) at one of the low brass festivals I was at this summer. 46 low brass players eschewed their respective horns and chanted a complete, Medieval Compline in the wonderfully sonic confines of the Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands. It was stunning. I was thinking how authentic it was with untrained voices, no vibrato, no range, but could read music and make it work. And it did work, beyond my wildest expectations. Speaking of which, I will be the first to purchase your tome from Paraclete Press. Recently, I’ve been cataloging all my works for Compline and it comes up to about 900 separate titles, (the title count comes up to about 1600, but that’s both Sib.6 and pdf’s) not counting any of Peter Hallock’s engravings, sorted by 1. Orison. 2. Hymn. 3. Psalm 4. Nunc dimittis. 5. Anthem. 6. Service music. 7. Voces angelorum. Whereas your book will be your legacy, my Compline sorted library will be mine.
    In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum

  2. #2 by jefe on August 1, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    addendum: I opened my hard drive and found more sort files: 8 Our order for Compline. 9. Maundy Thursday music. 10. Music of Heinrich Isaac. 11. Compline music of the Russian Orthodox. 12. Chants; various. 13. All Ave’s:; Ave Maria; Salve’s, etc. 14. Music of John Sheppard. 15. Advent Hymns.
    Soon, all these files will be available on our website as a free download.
    regards, as always, jefe
    Christe Redemptor omnium

  3. #3 by jeff reynolds on August 20, 2013 - 11:31 am

    Paraclete Press notified me that your book has been sent.

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