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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
PDF Download • (2,292 Pages) Choral Music in Latin & English by Richard Rice
published 10 July 2017 by Corpus Christi Watershed

OMPOSER RICHARD RICE, editor of the famous Parish Book of Chant, has just made a stunning announcement. Starting today, 2,292 pages of his sacred choral music can be downloaded for free:

    * *  Free Downloads • 2,292 pages of Sacred Music by Richard Rice

The vast majority are in English!   (Some are in Latin.)

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As far as we can tell, many of these works—for example the Marian antiphon book and the choral Mass settings—have never been available to the public before now.