Friday, July 28, 2006

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!)


At Wednesday, August 09, 2006 8:12:00 AM, Blogger ScholarChanter said...

Speaking of being in Europe, I just spent a week in Southern Germany. Because of the bombingduring WW2, the recently built churches are ultra-modern looking. I also noticed that they don't pray the credo during mass, which threw me off (trying to follow along in German). I noticed that at two separate Sunday masses, which struck me as being rather odd. Granted, the airport chapel liturgy needs to be fairly short, but they had a mini pipe organ with multiple stops at the airport chapel; the other was a at Michaelkirche in Munich, which is an beautiful old building, and they didn't pray the credo either. Perhaps someone can fill me in?

At Thursday, August 10, 2006 3:09:00 PM, Anonymous Michael O'Connor said...

Drop by the cathedral in Frankfurt. It was reconstructed stone for stone to the original. They even put up a plaque to honor Hans Leo Hassler, the great Renaissance composer and organist.



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