With the big Easter gigs next weekend upon us I have a question out of curiosity mostly...
Is there a norm as far as what verse(s) descant parts are usually played on for church services? I ask because in my experience over the years I've pretty much accepted it as standard that the Descant is used on the final verse of the hymn, however the organist I'm working with this year has suggested that we play descant/harmony on the final two verses of the hymns.
In other words if it were up to me I would play melody on the second to last verse while the trombone (only other brass) played harmony and then on the final verse I would play the descant while the trombone played melody.
I'm going to do it however they want me to do it... (especially since I asked not to come to the rehearsal they had as the curch is an hour and a half away and I'm essentially getting paid only gas money for Sunday, if that.) but I did mention it to my friend the trombone player in an email so I'm curious to see what he says.
Any thoughts? I know nothing is set in stone and there are no defined rules here... but am I the only one that thinks it's a little odd to play descant two verses in a row? (I guess I kind of view the descant as a "Here's the big finish" kind of thing)
Thanks in advance!