Saturday, April 29, 2006

Gregorian Chant institute

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Click here to learn Gregorian Chant!

(Sorry for the delay, Jeff!)


At Saturday, April 29, 2006 12:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh, this is the Hosanna son of David chant!!!

At Saturday, April 29, 2006 8:18:00 PM, Blogger Jeffrey Tucker said...

wow, thanks so much! Nice that the commentor knew the source too. You know, when this was being designed, the Hosanna Filio David hymn was fresh on the mind--it is just so unforgettably thrilling and chilling.

You know, it breaks my heart to think how many generations have Catholics have gone through Palm Sunday without hearing it. But that was then and the future is ours to make a difference.

At Sunday, April 30, 2006 6:35:00 PM, Blogger Cantor said...

Yeah, I’ve had that thought about a lot of tunes. “Crux fidelis” is gone. “Ave maris stella”. I’ll bet for a lot of people “Pange lingua” (for Holy Thursday) is gone.

I agree with some posts in a discussion over at TNLM: in changing so much of the liturgy, many distinctly Catholic things (i.e. melodies) have indeed been lost.

At Sunday, April 30, 2006 6:37:00 PM, Blogger Cantor said...

I should add - I only learned *any* of the chant melodies as an adult. So it’s not with a sense of nostalgia that I lament their being gone, but that the beauty and elegance of this music is as foreign to most Catholics now as it was for me 10 years ago.

At Sunday, April 30, 2006 7:57:00 PM, Anonymous CastCantor said...

I attended the Colloquium in the mid 90s and am still applying what I learned there. It was a wonderful experience.

At Sunday, April 30, 2006 9:48:00 PM, Blogger Jeffrey Tucker said...

Oh I feel the same way. I've known the Crux Fidelis for about a month--it is unbelievably great, and I don't ever want to go through Good Friday without it again.

Actually, you know, we have a little chant session every Wednesday when we get to know a knew one. What treasure there is here! We like to learn them well enough so that we can go away humming the melody. It is the most spectacular discovery. So my sense of discovery and sense of loss happens at the same time: just exploding emotions of happiness and sadness at once.

What I would love ideally is an every week opportunity to teach and talk about chant to average parishioners, just to let them come to understand what it is all about.

At Monday, May 01, 2006 10:25:00 AM, Blogger Cantor said...

The trouble with Crux is that it’s *hard*. It took our choir a while to learn it, and needless to say, it was not sung well by the folks in the pews.

I may try a Lented Gospel acclamation based on it next year, to at least acquaint people with the first two chunks of music.

Yes, there is a lot of musical catechesis that is WAY past due. The schools have dropped the ball on this one, IMHO.


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