Monday, 12 October 2009

Jubilate Deo returns

Jubilate Deo was a popular collection of simple Gregorian Chants published by the nuns of St Cecilia's Abbey, Ryde, in the mid-1970s. The original had a handwritten text by a nun who was obviously keen on calligraphy. A revised version, with a printed text, is now available from the website of the Bishops of England and Wales. Things really are looking up!

Jubilate Deo

Friday, 8 May 2009

Singing Propers to psalm tones

Most of the Mass Propers are quite complicated and too difficult for beginners to sing. This is especially true of the Gradualia. Exceptions are some of the Introits, such as the easy "Gaudeamus" texts sung on several occasions including the Feast of All Saints, and some of the Communion verses.

The usual way round this is to sing the Propers to psalm tones. This is reasonably straightforward provided that the settings follow the punctuations. It is essential to chose the psalm tone that is in the same mode as the official setting. This is shown as a small figure at the top of each text. The modes for each Proper have been carefully selected to suit the mood of the particular day's feast or other celebration and should be adhered to. They will also then link correctly to psalm verses in the Introits or to the Alleluia for the day or season.

Seasonal Alleluia settings such as that for Christmas and Easter are worth learning but simple alleluia settings to use with each of the psalm tone chants are given towards the front of the Liber Usualis.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Missa pro defunctis

Introit and Kyrie

Can be sung to psalm tone 2

Can be sung to psalm tone 8

Dies Irae

Dialogue, Preface and Sanctus (and Canon of the Mass)

Agnus Dei

This is the same tune but for the Extraordinary Form the words are
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona eis requiem
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona eis requiem
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona eis requiem sempiternam

Communion Lux Aeternum

Libera Me

In Paradisum