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“The sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl, when suddenly a clamor was heard from all the people. The sun, whirling, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible.”
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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.