“. . . zealous to keep the traditions of our forefathers, ever trying . . . boldly to restore any which might have been forgotten in the course of the ages.” —Preface to the Vatican Edition
Archives for February 2023
We were mentioned in article in an article by “The Times” (United Kingdom), as you can see here.
I recently appeared on Square Notes, the Sacred Music Podcast to discuss some of the basics of Dom Mocquereau’s system of Gregorian rhythm. It’s impossible to give a full treatment to such a complex topic in a mere forty minutes, but I touched on a lot of the foundational ideas, with especial emphasis on the […]
The Vatican Edition, as well as St. Gregory’s work were both a Cento built on tradition to unify the Church. Semiological editions are archaic reversions. A close look at the Puer Natus Est in both forms is offered.
“Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.” —Father Fortescue
What bishops need to know!
It seems to me that our responsibility of teaching the Faith through music is much more serious than is commonly perceived.
“Transcriptions are best done by those who both sing & conduct and enjoy studying minute neumatic details & problems—all this while making sure that the horizontal musical line of each song is their main musical concern.” —R. John Blackley
NEW CD from the Saint Paul’s Choir School, Harvard Square with the Sophia Music Group label
“One person I spoke to frequently—although I never met him…” (?)
If we destroy our mental health, we will be no good to anybody.
Let St. Augustine’s wisdom guide you through the most important season for Church musicians.
The word “Alleluia” changes to: “Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.”
I’m much more comfortable in a baritone’s range than a soprano’s range!
To help my volunteer choir members learn, I have attempted to record all the vocal parts for Justorum Animae, composed for SOPRANO, ALTO, and BASS. It’s from a brilliant collection by Kevin Allen called Matri Divinae Gratiae. You can hear my attempt by visiting this website and scrolling down to “Justorum Animæ.” My singers really […]