A Conversation for 'Godspell': The Musical and the Hymnbook

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Post 1

Gnomon - time to move on

Do you think the fact that Jesus Christ Superstar had just hit the musical scene influenced Godspell in any way? Or was the whole "Jesus as a cool guy" thing just the spirit of the time?

My wife sang "We Plough the Fields and Scatter" at our wedding.


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Post 2

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - smiley I love that tune to 'We Plough the Fields and Scatter'! I'm planning to play it on the organ for Thanksgiving this year.

I couldn't find any references to Tebelak being influenced by 'Superstar', though he had to be aware of it. I was on the campus next door at the same time, and even visited that same church (when my fellow students needed to 'do their Easter duty'), and you couldn't avoid discussion of 'Superstar', both positive and negative.

Personally, I find the two musicals radically different, both musically and in their approach to Jesus. You can tell which version I prefer.


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Post 3

Gnomon - time to move on

I worked out guitar chords for "We Plough..." back in the 70s, but I'm still in some doubt as to what the chord on the word "soft" should be.


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Post 4

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

According to my score, in which the song is in D major, 'soft' is G#m.

I hope that helps. smiley - musicalnote It appears to be the original score, at least it says copyright 1971.

It's certainly a distinctive choice. smiley - laugh


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Post 5

Gnomon - time to move on

Thanks. I'll try that when I get home.


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Post 6

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - ok


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