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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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“Although the mass contains great instruction for the faithful people, nevertheless, it has not seemed expedient to the Fathers, that it should be every where celebrated in the vulgar tongue. Wherefore, the ancient usage of each church, and the rite approved of by the holy Roman Church, the mother and mistress of all churches, being in each place retained; and, that the sheep of Christ may not suffer hunger, nor the little ones ask for bread, and there be none to break it unto them, the holy Synod charges pastors, and all who have the cure of souls, that they frequently, during the celebration of mass, expound either by themselves, or others, some portion of those things which are read at mass, and that, amongst the rest, they explain some mystery of this most holy sacrifice, especially on the Lord's days and festivals.”
— Council of Trent (17 September 1562)
144 Practice Videos For Catholic Choirs
published 1 September 2011 by Corpus Christi Watershed

Vocal phenomenon Matthew J. Curtis has recently given Catholic musicians a tremendous gift by carefully recording more than 144 polyphonic training videos, freely available to all, making it possible for choir members to “learn at their own pace and in their own way” without leaving the comfort of their homes.

Kevin Allen’s Cantiones Sacrae Simplices is a beautiful collection of twelve sacred motets (SATB), which perfectly exemplify contemporary sacred music composed according to the Church’s tradition. Mr. Curtis’ practice videos present each line of every piece in four (4) different ways. It is well known how daunting a cappella polyphonic works can be to sing, but Mr. Curtis’ vast experience with choral pedagogy are a tremendous help in this regard and will be welcomed. An audio CD is also available for those who lack internet access.

A note from the composer follows:

“I have composed the Cantiones Sacrae Simplices to serve the needs of diligent choirmasters who desire liturgical motets for use at Holy Mass and at other times when a short, Latin choral work might be useful. The texts have been drawn from the Graduale Romanum. The harmonic language and general musical demands are relatively modest compared to the motets of the Cantiones Sacrae I and II collections, making Cantiones Sacrae Simplices accessible to many more choirs and vocal ensembles. Matthew Curtis’ renditions have captured the spirit of my compositions in an admirable way.”

The following is an example of Mr. Curtis’ artistry (“Panem de Caelo”):

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For all these videos, Mr. Curtis himself sings all the parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass), and the perfection with which he accomplishes this feat leaves critics searching for superlatives. In less than a year, Mr. Curtis has also uploaded more than 600 choral training videos to his website, ChoralTracks.com, and has been featured on several Corpus Christi Watershed collections, including Kevin Allen’s Motecta Trium Vocum (twelve sacred motets for three voices).