une pensée sur le Graduel Romain
Hey, I'm in France (ergo the absence of postings lately) on vacation. So many incredible cathedrals and just random awesome-looking churches. (Ay-ay....what the hork happened???)
Anyhow, I had a thought a while back. Folks are starting to adapt the Proper texts to new music. Those of us with more affinity for the Gregorian repertoire seem to be inclined toward those texts, while guys like Paul Ford use the Missal texts.
My thought is: if the Gradual's texts are entirely determined by the existence of ancient Gregorian melodies, and the Missal texts are created anew (essentially) .... if we are using the Church's resources just for texts and not for music, should we not use the Missal texts, which are designed to be set to new music, as opposed to the Gregorian melodies' texts, which constrict the choice of text to an existing repertoire of music?
(Confound these French keyboards!)