Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Chant help required

It looks like it might finally happen. In an attempt to implement, at least in part, the Benedictine reforms, we have a small schola that is prepared to sing Masses through the year (we thought Candlemas, Annunciation, Visitation, Sacred Heart, Assumption, Triumph of the Cross, All Souls, Immaculate Conception - regular but not too much). The curate wants to celebrate ad orientem and in Latin for all but the readings and the psalm using the Ordinary Form.

We are inexperienced and my fear is that for our first Mass, the offertory and communion for the Assumption will be too much. Would it be better to substitute (as we can according to the GIRM) a simpler Marian antiphon and hymn (e.g. Ave Maria in a simple tone and Ave Maris Stella)?

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Anonymous Bob said...

You should contact the Schola Glasguensis for advice.

10:21 AM  
OpenID berenike said...

Go go go go go! Yeah! U-huh! Uh uh uh uh uh! (makes triumphant jabbng-elbow with hand in fist gestures) YES! etc.

Yes, better to simplify stuff than to wobble through hard things and put the congregation off chant. Another way around it, better liturgically, is to put the words of the proper to a psalm tone, or better, a canticle tone (they are a bit more ornate). Also then you can have great fun doing organum or faburden or fauxbourdon and it sounds fabulous and wonderful and gorgeous and the congregation will swoon.

Just interest: why are you singing the gradual and not the communion? (if "too much-ness" is the criterion)

3:37 PM  
Blogger Philip said...

Congratulations in your new "music ministry" ;-)

4:54 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Music ministry, ha!

We'll be well out of sight in the choir loft, not swanning about in the sanctuary showing off.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Philip said...

Well said, that man!!

7:15 PM  
Blogger John Paul said...

What Parish is that?

9:05 PM  

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