What can medieval and renaissance music pedagogy offer to us now?
Archives for September 2022
This short piece shimmers with beauty. The arrangement is by Monsignor René Moissenet.
A professor at our conservatory always told us: “An example is worth 1,000 words.”
Fulton J. Sheen told a story about a man who bumped into Abraham Lincoln yelling: “Get out of my way, you big ugly lummox!”
Their feast is on Monday (in Canada and the EF)!
I’ve attempted to create a recording for this coming Sunday according to the official rhythm…
Thirty years ago most pastors would not have been open to inaugurating good sacred music programs in their parishes, but times have changed.
Why do hymns in the Saint Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal give so many optional “text only” versions of the hymns? It’s easier to demonstrate than explain. Consider Hymn #24, which allows the director to choose a wonderful melody and easily apply it to the text. Hymnal editors knew about the value of “text only” versions […]
“I ended up spending hours, transcribing each and every word from Father Fryar’s Symposium lecture. Although it took many hours, I relished the process.” —Corrinne May
Here’s my attempt at recording all the voices myself, to give you a rough idea how it sounds.
In this official document, we find a remarkable statement!
If you enjoy eavesdropping, here’s a rehearsal excerpt (mp3) of my volunteers singing the exercise I posted last week. This is the second time we’ve used it, and I can definitely hear improvement. You can download this choral warm-up for free.
I find this hymn quite beautiful—and singers love it!
Some useful tips on adjusting the spacing in Gregorio scores.
“Holy Trinity is where Josh came into the Church, went through RCIA, and was married…”
Today is the 15th anniversary of “Summorum Pontificum”—and some clerics are choosing coercion where persuasion has failed.
Lyrics in English, with an (optional) version in Latin.
What happened to all that polyphony once Catholicism became illegal?
Your singers might enjoy this vocal warm-up exercise I composed for a volunteer choir.
“As for the subject of whether the music of Tallis, Taverner, and Tye was tainted by the reformation, I would agree with Mr. Ostrowski.” —Reader from Uganda