Monday, March 30, 2009

Resurrection of Our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ (the Solemnity of Solemnities)

For April 12, 2009 which is the Resurrection of OLJC, we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: Lift Thy Voice Rejoicing, Mary
  2. Vidi aquam
  3. Introit: Resurrexi
  4. Kyrie I
  5. Gloria I
  6. Gradual: Haec dies
  7. Alleluia: Pascha nostrum
  8. Sequence: Victimae paschali laudes
  9. Credo IV
  10. Offertory: Terra tremuit
  11. Offertory hymn: Regina Caeli, Jubila
  12. Sanctus I
  13. Agnus Dei I
  14. Communion hymn: Adoro Te Devote
  15. Communion: Pascha nostrum
  16. Recession: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today (SBH#044)
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Monday, March 23, 2009

Paschal Vigil

For April 11, 2009 which is the Paschal Vigil, we are going to sing:
  1. Canticle: Cantemus Domino
  2. Canticle: Vinea facta est
  3. Canticle: Attende caelum
  4. Litany of the Saints (until "Omnes Sancti et Sanctae Dei, intercedite pro nobis")
  5. Canticle: Sicut cervus
  6. Litany of the Saints (cont. from "Propitius esto, parce nobis Domine")
  7. Kyrie I
  8. Gloria I
  9. Alleluia: Confitemini Domino
  10. Tract: Laudate Dominum
  11. Sanctus I
  12. Offertory hymn: Regina Caeli (A. Lotti)
  13. Communion hymn: O Quam Amabilis (G.P. da Palestrina)
  14. Communion: Alleluia (repeat after the end of Laudate Dominum)
  15. Antiphon: Et valde mane
  16. Canticle: Benedictus Dominus (repeat Antiphon Et valde mane at the end)
  17. Recession: Lift Thy Voice Rejoicing, Mary
Click on the links to hear samples where available. NOTE: The Credo and Agnus Dei are not sung/said in the Paschal Vigil Mass.

Good Friday

For April 10, 2009 which is Good Friday, we are going to sing the following:
  1. Responsorium I: Domine audivi
  2. Responsorium II: Eripe me, Domine
  3. Responses to Ecce lignum Crucis in ascending tone: Venite adoremus (1) (2) (3)
  4. Improperia: Popule meus (during solemn adoration of the Cross)
  5. Antiphon: Crucem tuam (during solemn adoration of the Cross)
  6. Hymn: Crux fidelis (during solemn adoration of the Cross)
  7. Antiphon I: Adoramus te Christe (when the Blessed Sacrament is returned to the altar)
  8. Antiphon II: Per lignum (when the Blessed Sacrament is returned to the altar)
  9. Antiphon III: Salvator mundi, salva nos (when the Blessed Sacrament is returned to the altar)
  10. Communion: Psalm 21
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Maundy Thursday

For April 9, 2009 which is Maundy Thursday, we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: Blessed Lamb
  2. Introit: Nos autem gloriari
  3. Kyrie IV
  4. Gloria IV
  5. Gradual: Christus factus est
  6. Antiphon: Mandatum novum (antiphons 6-13 are sung only if feet washing rite takes place)
  7. Antiphon: Postquam surrexit Dominus
  8. Antiphon: Dominus Iesus
  9. Antiphon: Domine, tu mihi lavas pedes
  10. Antiphon: Si ego Dominus
  11. Antiphon: In hoc cognoscent omnes
  12. Antiphon: Maneant in vobis
  13. Antiphon: Ubi caritas
  14. Offertory: Dextera Domini
  15. Offertory hymn: Quis Sicut Te
  16. Sanctus IV
  17. Agnus Dei IV (end with "miserere nobis" instead of "dona nobis pacem")
  18. Communion hymn: O Bone Jesu (M.A. Ingegneri)
  19. Communion: Dominus Iesus
During translation of the Most Blessed Sacrament to the altar of repose:
  1. Hymn: Pange lingua gloriosi
During stripping of the altar:
  1. Antiphon: Diviserunt and Psalm 21 (Deus, Deus meus)
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

10,000 Scores at CPDL

by Jeffrey Tucker

Last month, the number of choral scores available at the Choral Public Domain Library passed the 10,000 mark. This is a massive music library, and a spectacular one not only for its price ($0) but also for the huge range available that does not exclude the very music named by the Second Vatican Council as proper to liturgy.

The polyphonic tradition of the Renaissance had fallen out of use in the 1970s but as you look back further to evidence from preconciliar times, back to early in the 20th century, and the 19th century too, you see scant evidence of a broad use of the best music of the 16th century.

This might have been due to the relative difficulty of obtaining it. I can recall the days before CPDL and scouring the library's collected works volumes for these pieces and feeling overwhelmed and lost, and once having found a piece, looking to purchase it and having terrible trouble getting from here to there. Cathedral musicians might have had the resources and ability to seek and obtain, but not regular parishes.

Today, all is changed. I am not surprised that there is a whispering campaign against CPDL, given the number of entrenched commercial interests that it threatens. We are told that the editions are riddled with errors (exaggeration, and, in any case, with digital publishing, errors can be reported and fixed), that the music is actually illegal (ridiculous, and if there are plaintiffs with standing, let them come forward now), and that it will drive established Catholic music publishers out of business.

Let me address that last point. I don't doubt that its existence portends a dramatic upheaval in liturgical music publishing in the next few years. It was about 40 years ago that the industry went through another upheaval, with older companies dying and new publishers appearing. It was an astonishing thing to behold. Some companies made the transition, however, by adjusting to new realities. You know their names.

So it is today. There will be adjustments made all around. Rather than seethe and smear, the companies that are grousing about CPDL might consider adjusting their business model. Otherwise, they will find themselves like the newspaper industry today, which is melting into oblivion. I don't pretend to know what the future of music distribution is but we can be pretty certain that it will be different from the past.

Catholic parishes are famously unwilling to devote resources to their music programs, at least as compared with other Christian houses of worship. In particular, parishes have been unwilling to pay musicians. This is not just a bad habit; it is an entrenched feature of Catholic life and has been for a very long time.

Just the other day, I was reading a music catechism from 1936 that came close to anathematizing the payment of musicians in parishes, since their reward will be in heaven. Somehow the rule has not been so dogmatically applied to architects, grounds keepers, or the providers or water and electricity to parish grounds. No parish would reply to the water bill with the note that "we will not pay you because your reward will be in heaven."

Perhaps the new savings on sheet music will open up opportunities to invest in musical talent at the parish level. There is no question that a massive change is needed in this regard; perhaps the digital age will finally kick this movement in gear, so that the scarce resources fund people at the parish level rather than distant corporations.

What excites me most is how CPDL has given new life to the music of the Church, and done so at a time when this has never been more needed.

Source: NLM

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Fourth Sunday in Lent

For March 22, 2009 which is the Fourth Sunday in Lent, we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: Nearer, My God, to Thee
  2. Asperges me
  3. Introit: Laetare Ierusalem
  4. Kyrie XVII A
  5. Gradual: Laetatus sum
  6. Tract: Qui confidunt
  7. Credo I
  8. Offertory: Laudate Dominum
  9. Offertory hymn: Cantate Domino (G. Pitoni)
  10. Sanctus XVII
  11. Agnus Dei XVII
  12. Communion hymn: O Bone Jesu (M.A. Ingegneri)
  13. Communion: Ierusalem, quae aedificatur
  14. Recession: Hail, Holy Joseph, Hail
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