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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

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1909 Vranken Missa Pro Defunctis
published 19 March 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

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• Missa pro defunctis • (29p.) • Organ accompaniments by P J Joseph Vranken (? Jaap Vranken ?) • 1909 New York : J. Fischer • Copyright is 1909, but it was actually approved in 1913 • This book appears to be the Solesmes markings, MINUS any episemata. •

A message from Jos Vranken Jr.

On your site is called a accompaniment of Gregorian Chant of P.J. Jos Vranken. He was the father of Jaap Vranken (his name was called with the ?). The father of P.J. Jos Vranken was Jacques and he was the first in line of church musicians in the Netherlands. P.J. Jos Vranken (1870-06-10 1948-06-01) had three sons and a daughter. Jaap was the first (1897-04-20 1956-04-20) Arnold the second (1899-01-01 1971-07-02) and Jos J.H. the third (1900-05-10 1974-02-01). The daughter was the youngest. The three boys were also churchmusicians. Jaap was for Holland a famous composer of churchmusic. Arnold a conductor and he has a son, also churchmusician named Jos Arnoldszoon (1936-02-26 1998-11-020 Jos was a famous conductor of male voice choirs and he renewed the repertoire of Dutch male choirs with music of Stravinski, Hindemith, Martinu and others: these composers composed on his demand. I am the son of Jos J.H. born on 1939-08-01 and I am the last churchmusician in the line of the family Vranken.