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Monday, June 25, 2012

Wesley's Directions for Singing ... Règles pour les chanteurs Méthodistes

Traduction grosso modo trouvé sur internet (titre 14)
Afin que cette partie de l'adoration soit acceptable à Dieu, et vous soit profitable à vous et aux autres, veuillez observez les règles suivantes: 
  • Apprenez l’air.
  • Chantez-le tel qu’il est écrit.
  • Chantez toutes les strophes. Si c’est une croix pour vous, portez-là et vous y trouverez une bénédiction.
  • Chantez de tout cœur.
  • Chantez modestement, sans crier.
  • Chantez en rythme : ne courez pas ou ne restez pas en arrière.
  • Par-dessus tout, chantez spirituellement. Gardez les yeux sur Dieu quand vous chantez. Cherchez à Lui plaire plus qu’à vous faire plaisir ou à plaire aux autres. Méditez sur le sens de ce que vous chantez et prenez garde que votre cœur ne soit emporté loin du sens par la musique.
I actually discovered this in a back copy of the Organists Review!
That this part of Divine Worship may be the more acceptable to God, as well as the more profitable to yourself and others, be careful to observe the following directions.

I. Learn these tunes before you learn any others; afterwards learn as many as you please.

II. Sing them exactly as they are printed here, without altering or mending them at all; and if you have learned to sing them otherwise, unlearn it as soon as you can.

III. Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a single degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up, and you will find it a blessing.

IV. Sing lustily and with good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, then when you sung the songs of Satan.

V. Sing modestly. Do not bawl, so as to be heard above or distinct from the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony; but strive to unite your voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound.

VI. Sing in time. Whatever time is sung be sure to keep with it. Do not run before nor stay behind it; but attend close to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can; and take care not to sing to slow. This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.

VII. Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven..

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