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Father Gabriel Lalemant won the crown the martyrdom on 17 March 1649. The smallest and most delicate in health among all the Jesuit missionaries, he had in six months won, by his iron will and unwavering determination, a martyr's end, in companionship with the spiritual and physical giant of the missions, Jean de Brébeuf.
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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986
ECCE QUAM BONUM
published 18 May 2011 by Corpus Christi Watershed

St. Gregory’s Catholic Boys’ School has produced a new CD which features Kevin Allen’s Motecta Trium Vocum.

Here is the official press release, from Sacred Musician Matthew Williams:

Hello everyone!
I wanted to let you all know that we have just released a new CD from St. Gregory’s Academy. The CD includes the entire Requiem Mass, along with several selected Gregorian Chants, Sacred Polyphony, a new Ave Maria composition (by yours truly), and several of Kevin Allen’s Motecta Trium Vocum.
The schola is made up of 12 boys, all juniors and seniors, from the academy with myself as the director. They worked very hard on this album as they do for every Mass we sing. Typically during the school year we sing two Missa Cantatas per week along with any other feasts that may occur. We also travel for special Masses and performances.
All proceeds go to support the school. The price is a modest $9.99. Right now it is available here on DigStation.com but it will soon appear on iTunes and AmazonMP3. We will also begin selling it on compact disc shortly, but we are waiting until the stock arrives – hopefully Friday.