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"The Consilium is merely an assembly of people, many of them incompetent, and others well advanced on the road to novelty. The discussions are extremely hurried. Discussions are based on impressions and the voting is chaotic. […] Many of those who have influenced the reform […] have no love, and no veneration of that which has been handed down to us. They begin by despising everything that is actually there. This negative mentality is unjust and pernicious, and unfortunately, Paul VI tends a little to this side. They have all the best intentions, but with this mentality they have only been able to demolish and not to restore."
— Contemporary account of the Consilium by Cardinal Antonelli

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Ten “Ave Maria” Settings from Different Lands
published 12 May 2017 by Lucas Tappan

186 FATIMA AST SUNDAY the Most Pure Heart of Mary Schola Cantorum (both our adult and children choirs combined) presented a musical reflection on a Decade of the Most Holy Rosary in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. (The choir will repeat this concert next Saturday at 6 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Basehor, KS, for those interested.)

The program began with the plainsong Pater noster followed by ten settings of the Ave Maria from different eras and lands before closing with Stanford’s setting of Psalm 150 and the Doxology. I thought I would share a few of the Ave Maria recordings from the day, which I hope you enjoy!


    * *  2. AVE MARIA (Plainsong)

This chant provides the melodic material for Victoria’s setting.


    * *  3. AVE MARIA attr. to Fr. Victoria (d. 1611)

Conducted by my assistant John Deahl.


    * *  5. AVE MARIA by Colin Mawby (b. 1936)

Composed specifically for the Most Pure Heart of Mary Schola Cantorum.


    * *  7. AVE MARIA by Matthew Martin (b. 1976)

Sung by Choristers only.


    * *  9. AVE MARIA by Rachmaninoff (d. 1943)

Conducted by my assistant John Deahl.


    * *  10. AVE MARIA by Charlie Wulke

This work was newly composed by our school music teacher for the concert!


    * *  11. AVE MARIA by Gabriel Fauré (d. 1924)

Like Beethoven, Fauré was deaf as he grew older.


Many of our families are devoted to the Rosary, and the children enjoyed this musical “decade of the Rosary.”