About this blogger:
A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
Connect on Facebook:
Connect on Twitter:
Two pages of modal exercises reflect Liszt’s lively theoretical curiosity. On those pages he analysed the construction, transpositions, and “points of repose” of several modes, copied out several types of tetrachords, and jotted down several definitions of the effects and characters of certain modes. {…} Modality was not the only element of Gregorian chant that intrigued Liszt. Rhythm too was the object of his “studies.” He also copied out plainchant melodies using modern instead of square notation. In his letter from July 24, 1860, to Carolyne, Liszt refers to the necessity of this “modern” practice.
— Nicolas Dufetel on Franz Liszt's interest in plainsong

Brébeuf Hymn #156 • “Christe Redemptor”
published 20 July 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

T WILL BE NECESSARY to speak tons more about the idea of common melodies. In a nutshell, it means that the Brébeuf Hymnal allows you to get through the entire liturgical year even if your parish knows very few hymn melodies! Then, of course, you can add more tunes with each passing year. Consider the following English translation by Fr. John Fitzpatrick of Christe Redemptor Omnium—which has the same name as a Christmas hymn, but is actually a hymn for All Saints. (Just to confuse everyone, in 1631AD, its title was changed to “Placare Christe Servulis.”)

The text is used with many melodies in the Brébeuf Hymnal, and here’s one of them—with Soprano line recorded yesterday by a young lady in the 8th grade:

You can hear the individual tracks if you visit the Brébeuf website and scroll to #156.

For the record, that melody (“Erschienen Ist”) has become one our congregation in Los Angeles loves to sing. In the Brébeuf Hymnal, that melody is used for several different texts.

Tag: “Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag”