Leaving church before the postlude ends
Date: November 11, 2009
Jeffrey Thomas blasts parishioners who leave church early:
But he also thinks it's essential that everyone stay for the organ postlude, which is going to be a hard sell. He also evidently thinks there was some golden age in the past (i.e. before Vatican II) when everyone stayed for the postlude and afterwards for silent prayer. Anyone care to confirm or deny?
I go to a very musically-sophisticated Lutheran church. There's a big crowd which always stays for the entire postlude, but it's nowhere near the whole congregation. Should it be? The postlude is after the service ends. (We had an interim pastor a few years back who thought it was horrible that people stayed to listen to the music — in his opinion, it was much more important to socialize at coffee hour and those who stayed were being anti-social, or unwelcoming to visitors, or something. That idea went over like a lead balloon, luckily.)
Organists practice their postludes as much as any other part of the service (even more, sometimes), but often it's treated as wallpaper muzak behind chatting. What's your experience with having people listen?
Photo: the organ in the house of a friend of mine. Yes, in his house. It's not the best photo; the pipes are copper.