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“For any member of laity, who is at least somewhat literate, the ignorance of the Latin tongue, which we can call a truly Catholic language, indicates a certain lack of affection towards the Church.”
— Pope Pius IX

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Easter Hymn • Contemporary (SATB)
published 21 March 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

IKE OTHER musicians—even Horowitz—I often view my earlier projects with disgust. The passage of time can reveal flaws in earlier works. But “for every rule there is an exception,” and I recently stumbled upon a 2001 edition I made of an Easter hymn (based on a work by Msgr. Jules Van Nuffel).

I think it holds up pretty well:

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Pardon my squeaky Soprano notes, but I wanted to show how it sounds:


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Sing along with the Tenor Rehearsal video—could anything be more fun?

MY EDITION is similar to the version found in the special “English translation edition” of the Solesmes Liber Usualis, which can be downloaded here. If you examine the setting of words like “Salóme” as printed in that 1957 book, you might almost be forgiven for thinking the accent is on the antepenult. On the other hand, similar techniques were used by Machaut and Dufay—and it certainly helps prevent the tonic accent from becoming heavy and predictable.

O fílii et fíliae,
Rex caeléstis, Rex glóriae,
Mórte surréxit hódie.
O sons and daughters,
The King celestial, the King of glory,
From death arose to-day.
Et María Magdaléne,
Et Jacóbi, et Salóme,
Venérunt córpus úngere.
And Mary Magdalene, Salome,
And also Mary of James
Came to anoint the body.
In álbis sédens, ángelus
Praedíxit muliéribus:
In Galilaéa est Dóminus.
In white robes sitting the Angel
Foretold to the women:
In Galilee is the Lord.
Discípulis adstántibus,
In médio stétit Chrístus,
Dícens: Pax vóbis ómnibus.
The disciples standing by,
In the midst stood Christ,
Saying: Peace be to you all.
Víde, Thóma, víde látus,
Víde pédes, víde mánus,
Nóli ésse incrédulus.
See, Thomas, see my side,
See my feet, see my hands,
Do not be unbelieving.
Quándo Thómas Chrísti látus,
Pédes vídit átque mánus,
Díxit: Tu es Déus méus.
When Thomas saw Christ’s side,
When the feet he saw and the hands,
He said: Thou art my God.
Beáti qui non vidérunt,
Et fírmiter credidérunt,
Vítam aetérnam habébunt.
Blessèd they who have not seen,
Yet have firmly believed,
Life eternal shall they have.
In hoc fésto sanctíssimo
Sit laus et jubilátio,
Benedicámus Dómino.
On this feast most holy
Be there praise and jubilation,
Let us bless the Lord.

Monsignor Jules Van Nuffel’s school certainly loved pedal tones in middle voices—as you know if you purchased Volume 5 of the NOH hardcopy, which explains their compositional principles—and the Alto is chock-full of them in the above arrangement.