The example chosen is the strenuous offertory (“Jubiláte Déo”) for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany.
Father Ralph March wrote: “If any single man could deserve the title father of the renewed chant it would be Dom Joseph Pothier.”
… from the “Roman Gradual” (1912) edited by Max Springer, a famous Gregorianist of the Beuron school.
A brief historical survey of free rhythm in plainchant, as practiced from the modern monastic foundation of Solesmes (1833) to the present.
This can seem like a dry topic, but it actually often deals with practical issues faced by every choirmaster who wants to promote plainchant.
This is the “pure” Vatican Edition—technically the only version of the rhythm allowed by Church documents!
“The symposium exceeded all of my expectations.” — Pediatrician, Choirmaster, and Mother of Six Children
Ostrowski Vs. Weaver: Solesmes Rhythm, Gregorian Semiology, Dom Mocquereau, Dom Pothier, Mensuralism, and more!
Dom Mocquereau, prior to becoming a monk, was a soldier in the Franco-Prussian War.
“My God, my Father, and my All, I am ready and willing to accept from Thy hands this day…”
Occasionally the Solesmes rhythmic markings are surprising, as in one of tomorrow’s alleluias. Can we make sense of this?
For this coming Sunday (Passion Sunday), there’s only one “MMV” singers must observe—and I placed a little arrow above it.
These problematic assertions by Bishop Stowe will have to be withdrawn at some point.
The early history of Solesmes plainchant research provides a historical parallel for responding to current Vatican liturgical rules.
From one of my composition teachers…