YNN DEAHL is an Environmental Engineer with whom I was blessed to sing Gregorian chant about sixteen years ago. He gave me a plainsong setting of the ANGELUS (attributed to Dom Charpentier, OSB) which I habitually taught to my high school students—and they loved it.
Print this booklet to begin your choir rehearsals:
Choose a different choir member each week to say the concluding prayer:
Time sure flies! In February of 2010, I posted this setting to the CMAA forum. Since that time, it’s been adopted by a surprising number of people across the globe.
But did Dom Charpentier, OSB, truly compose it?
The melodic pattern is quite common in the Gregorian repertoire and would have been known even in the “decadent ages” of Gregorian chant (circa 1700). However, I recently came across this ancient manuscript:
This implies that Dom Charpentier created his rendition based on an ancient model.