The truth is stranger than fiction.
Abbot Joseph Pothier of Solesmes
This can seem like a dry topic, but it actually often deals with practical issues faced by every choirmaster who wants to promote plainchant.
Using this coming Sunday (12th Sunday after Pentecost) as an example.
This is very much a “work in progress”…
This is the “pure” Vatican Edition—technically the only version of the rhythm allowed by Church documents!
Ostrowski Vs. Weaver: Solesmes Rhythm, Gregorian Semiology, Dom Mocquereau, Dom Pothier, Mensuralism, and more!
This is a large file (172 MB), but trust me! You will love it.
From one of my composition teachers…
The entire edition was destroyed in a fire (circa 1866) except four rare copies.
For years, I couldn’t understand this business about “the eyes and the ears.” What did Pothier mean? Then it hit me. • Topics include Dom Joseph Pothier, the mora vocis, Abbot Pothier’s brother (Dom Alphonse Pothier), Dom Lucien David, Dom Paul Jausions, and a truly magnificent story about Pope Pius X and Abbot Pothier, which is essential reading+
“Dom Pothier himself acted as an illustrator, decorating his work with vignettes, illuminated capitals, tailpieces, even full-page illustrations representing the mysteries of the Annunciation and Christmas.”
100 pieces of Gregorian chant to carry around in your pocket, with English translations.
This free PDF was provided courtesy of the St. Jean de Lalande Library of Rare Books.