“Please don’t get cocky and think of your methods as somehow innately superior or universally and inarguably superior in their benefits.” —Email from a Reader
Some very quick answers to questions posed by Patrick Williams.
“I cannot imagine any justification for making such an alteration and still claiming that one’s edition corresponds to the Vaticana.” —Patrick Williams
“Here is offered choral music recommendations for all Sundays and major liturgical occasions of the church year, including selected Ritual Masses. The repertoire is submitted by CRCCM members and is offered to all musicians of liturgical churches throughout the world.”
“The ‘Lamb of God’ can reach the length of a baseball game.” —Cardinal Dolan
A month of William Byrd … in Dallas, Texas!
“[T]he primordial question is centered on how the hymn or antiphon will help the assembly enter more deeply into the mystery being celebrated.” — Christopher Ferraro
“Dear Cynthia: I landed on your website while searching for…”
I will be privileged to field your questions alongside two well known and widely respected church musicians: Mary Ann Carr Wilson and Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.
My setting begins with the entire congregation singing—but the middle section is SATB polyphony.
This coming Sunday is the 17th Sunday after Pentecost (EF).
Including a tip on preventing choirs from ‘sinking’ the pitch lower and lower.
My goal is to clarify and illumine what I believe exactly is at stake when we debate the rhythm in chant. I shall first attempt to summarize the core arguments that each of the main authors in this blog series use.
“The burden of proof is on the one who persists in ignoring the evidence.” —Patrick Williams
How to sell the idea to your singers, and what to teach them. (Part 2 of 2)
Everything’s going great, until you start playing…
I will let you in on a secret!
The better the voice is, the meeter it is to honour and serve God therewith: and the voice of man is chiefly to be employed to that end.
Using a favorite melody of Dr. Theodore Marier.
“It is even more encouraging when a concert with 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑢𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑐 Catholic music is done.” —Mæstro Fritz
I can never go back!
Feel free to examine every single page if you doubt what I’m saying!
My husband tells me this edition (by Dom Pothier’s student) is of monumental importance. I take him at his word.
What happened to this masculine presence in all things musical in the United States?
“The Byrd Masses were printed without title pages, and with no reference to a composer. It was too dangerous to do so.” —Dr. Calabrese
He screamed into the telephone: “There’s no such thing as Gregorian Chant!”
Instead, Saint Francis knelt down and kissed the priest’s hands…
We must remember the lesson of the rock.
Today, I release another movement of the “Saint Noël Chabanel Mass Setting” (for use in the Ordinary Form).
As if the canonic sections were insufficiently stupendous, the composer works in stepwise ascending lines juxtaposed with lines in augmentation.
The hubris on the part of OCP is breathtaking.