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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, twisted concepts, whose only point is there twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use.”
— Rev. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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New Gregorian Chant Project Needs Your Support!
published 9 September 2013 by Guest Author

HANT is beautiful, stunning, transcendent. Yet do we really know how it sounded centuries ago? Can we, by carefully listening, appreciate the differences between the modes?

This new kickstarter project ( website ) hopes to provide an ancient yet novel response to both these questions. Rooted in the work of renowned chant director Wassim Sarweh, this album will present one hymn in each of the eight? modes, in order, sung according to his haunting interpretation of Medieval chant.

We only have a few days left, and we’re so far from our goal! Listen to the video and consider chipping in to help fund this unique take on our Catholic musical tradition.


This is a guest article by Aaron Harburg.