Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Particulars of Language

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:01 AM

This post is in memory of an English church musician whose
death was noted here yesterday evening in a post titled
"The Particulars of Rapture," a phrase from Wallace Stevens.

Sir Philip Ledger, who died on Sunday, was a
"church musician who produced magical settings
of carols," according to The Telegraph  RSS feed.

It is not clear what the Telegraph  meant by "magical settings."

Perhaps the phrase "his settings of carols" in his obituary refers
to the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Cambridge,
where he was for a time director of music at King's College.

If so, the settings would be the Lessons, readings from the Bible
(a "ledger," in the sense defined below).  Such readings should
not be confused with notions from the world of Harry Potter. 

Examples: The Lessons from last Christmas in Cambridge.

IMAGE- Meanings of the word 'ledger'

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