I feel that solfege is the fastest and most secure route to establishing the scale and the way its notes function within that scale in the minds of singers.
Archives for September 2015
We are so proud of our own Fr. David Friel.
Pope Francis celebrated the Closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families on the last day of his visit.
Published by the Catholic Choirmasters’ Guild of Buffalo, New York.
2 Papal Masses in New York and Philadelphia.
A friend kindly sent me these photos…
The seven stanzas of amazingness by Blessed Cardinal Newman with three tunes to choose from.
Pope Francis celebrated Solemn Vespers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC.
When people ask how to begin teaching polyphony, I show them this.
Passion … is a tremendous engine for achieving the very best results.
“In thy tender mercy, guide aright, we beseech thee, O Lord, our hearts…”
Please pray for me as I continue to discern my vocation to the priesthood.
Some highlights of the papal liturgies on the second day of Pope Francis’s visit
If there are only two concepts you are able to instill in a child in the early stages regarding breathing, they would be 1) fill and empty the stomach with air just like a balloon (don’t use the chest) and 2) keep the shoulders down and relaxed.
I believe Fr. Robert Fromageot was professor of Gregorian chant at the FSSP seminary.
One could also use a Mode VII psalm tone to “solve” the problem … but that just sounds wrong.
The accusation by this lady really hurt me; but I’m not sure why…
A commenter had posted, “Their metrical chant is a revelation!” That piqued my curiosity.
Concrete gestures that enter hearts and stir consciences are essential, inspiring in everyone that inner conversion that is the prerequisite for all ecumenical progress. — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
…including a digression on why choirs hate Solfège.
Including a brief survey of tunes for Benediction hymns from a few of the hymnbooks on my bookshelf.
“Very humbly, O Lord, we implore of thy majesty, that the holy mysteries we are celebrating … save us from transgressing in the time to come …”
World Library Publications has published settings of Communion propers for Advent. Listen here to beautiful recordings directed by Paul French.
Sir David Willcocks passed away at home today aged 95.
Students and Alumni of the Sacred Music Program of Franciscan University of Steubenville sang the Pontifical Solemn High Mass celebrated by Cardinal Burke.