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Aristotle A. Esguerra has served in the Diocese of Madison since 2009 as music director at the churches of St. Mary, Pine Bluff and St. Ignatius, Mount Horeb, and as the chant instructor to the Cistercian Nuns of Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac.
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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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Aristotle A. Esguerra
published 12 January 2013 by Aristotle A. Esguerra

RISTOTLE A. ESGUERRA has served in the Diocese of Madison since 2009 as music director at the churches of St. Mary, Pine Bluff and St. Ignatius, Mount Horeb, and as the chant instructor to the Cistercian Nuns of Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac.

A passionate advocate of sung liturgy, he also serves as a cantor at the sung Masses celebrated by the Diocesan Vicar General — one of which is sung in Latin, the other in English. He has studied and sung Gregorian chant extensively since 2001, and its influence is reflected in his vernacular liturgical compositions for the Mass: ordinaries, responsorial psalms, and proper antiphons.


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