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Chants for the Feast of the Transfiguration
published 2 August 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

F YOU SCROLL towards the bottom of St. René Goupil, you will notice that scores and audio files for the Feast of the Transfiguration have been added (6 August).

Here is a sample:


The rest of this post deals with the ending of the Communion antiphon.

The Communion antiphon (“Visiónem quam vidístis”) is identical to a Magnificat antiphon, except for one note:

4779 Feast of the Transfiguration


At first, it seemed a typo, since the Vatican Edition of the Antiphonale appeared several years after the Graduale.

Further examination, however, shows that some manuscripts only have the punctum:

4770 who


…while other manuscripts have the podatus:

Dom Mocquereau’s 1903 Liber Usualis has a podatus:

4773 Mocquereau 1903


Abbot Pothier’s 1891 Liber Gradualis has a punctum:

1891 Pothier


Pothier’s 1896 Liber Usualis has the punctum for the Magnificat antiphon:

4773 1896 Pothier


…but the selfsame book (Pothier’s 1896 Liber Usualis) uses the podatus for the Communion antiphon:

4773 Pothier was well 1896


Using the search function to quickly find “visionem” in the NOH shows how the composers provided a completely different harmonization both times:

    * *  2,279 pages of Harmonized Plainsong


For the record, the NOH has a typo in the Communion antiphon:

4768 errors


Never have I encountered so many typos in one feast! Yesterday, I spoke of a typo in the Introit that desperately needed correction.