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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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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.