ESTERDAY, the FSSP parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had a visit from the newly-elected Superior General: Very Rev’d Father Andrzej Komorowski. One of the choirs sang a Solemn Mass, but the feast is one I hadn’t sung before:
It was necessary to “assemble” some Propers—notice how I mark starting pitches:
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You might ask: “Why not just write the name of the note?” The simple answer is: that can easily have typos—and starting on the wrong pitch is not cool. That’s why I quickly use the NOH website to show starting pitches. Mr. Warren Hart sent me a fascinating excerpt from a 1940s book which marks the starting pitches in a noteworthy way. Don’t forget to read what Dr. Karl Weinmann said Re: starting pitches in the PREFACE to his fabulous five-line edition of the Graduale.
Finally, here are pictures from last night: