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The Vatican Gradual cheered our hearts by restoring the authentic form of the hymns therein. But there are very few hymns in the Gradual. We looked forward to the continuation of the same work, where it was so much more needed, in the Vesperal, and then in the new Breviary. Alas, the movement, for the present, has stopped. The new Vesperal and then the Breviary contain Urban VIII’s versions. So at present we have the odd situation that in the Gradual the old form of the hymns is restored; but when the same hymn (for instance “Vexilia regis”) comes again in the Vesperal, we must sing the seventeenth-century mangling.
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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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.