I can’t quite establish the provenance of this setting of a centonization of Gustate et Videte with other, seasonal texts, but it is too appropriate to the day not too post it, even without proper attribution.
For those parishes who might be looking for an accessible way to sing the Entrance Antiphon this Lent, please feel free to sing these Lenten Hymn Tune Introits.The Hymn Tune Propers Project combines the familiar experience of hymn singing with the…
I feel it is beholden upon those of us who understood the liturgical renewal of the Pope Emeritus’ wonderful and historic pontificate to take him at his word regarding his final and perhaps greatest pontifical act, his resignation.I suppose it’s one of…
In the heart of SouthEast Washington at Holy Comforter/ Saint Cyprian Parish, there will be a free perfomance of Spem in Alium, Tallis’ famous 40-voice motet, sung by nearly 100 people.A reception following is available for a $10 donation or more….
The marvelous Westminster Cathedral Choir will sing at the Consistory at the Vatican this weekend, and for the Holy Father’s Sunday Mass.
Lately I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the fact that more formal worship styles appeal to a surprising demographic: the young. While many youth liturgical outreaches continue to focus on the casual and the near-secular in order to attract young pe…
“When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation. It is something else: it is the Last Supper itself. It is to really live once more the Passion and the redeeming Death of the Lord. It is a theophany: the Lord is made present on the altar to be offered to the Father for the salvation of the world. The Mass…is participated in, and it is a participation in this theophany, in this mystery of the presence of the Lord among us.”
Pope Francis, this morning.
The Catholic Church’s vast heritage of sacred music, which has been kept alive for years by university music faculties and commercial publications rather than being a living presence in our Catholic churches, received two quite different expositions in Washington, DC this weekend.
On Saturday evening in the Basilica of the National Shrine, the Shrine’s resident professional choir joined with the vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire to sing Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, an extensive piece which Seraphic Fire has recorded previously. The music was in every way stunningly beautiful, filling the vast space with unbelievable harmonies and overtones. The great choruses were beautiful, but perhaps even more of an aural treat was provided by small groups, duets and trios. The physical space was used to great effect, most notably on the charming call-response hymn Audi coelom. It was a start-to-finish celebration of the human voice, in praise of God and the Blessed Virgin, and hopefully the prolonged standing ovation will be some small encouragement for this sort of enormous effort to be repeated in the future in our outstanding Catholic music programs.
On a much smaller scale, and in a liturgical context, the choral ensemble Musikanten sang a polyphonic Solemn High Mass at Old St. Mary’s Church in Chinatown, DC. The resident men’s schola sang the proper chants from the Graduale, and the Ordinary and motets were sung by Musikanten.
Dona nobis pacem (Christopher Hoh)
Weekends like this feel to me something like the Antiques Road Show, where someone’s forgotten old belongings turn out to be worth millions. I think it’s just marvelous that these nearly-forgotten treasures of ours have been brought out from the boxes and cupboards where they’ve lain for centuries, scarcely noticed, and fill the air with excellence, beauty, and praise.
Some of our readers may be interested in applying for this scholarship from the AGO.
February 7, 2014
The American Guild of Organists is delighted to announce a new college scholarship program for organ students with financial needs:
The Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Scholarship will be available to six students (four undergraduate, and two graduate) beginning with the 2014–2015 academic year.
- Four undergraduate scholarships in the amount $7,500 each will be offered: one each to an incoming college freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Each scholarship will be renewable through completion of the student’s undergraduate years of study.
- Two graduate scholarships in the amount of $15,000 each will be offered and will be renewable for a total of two years of graduate study.
Eligibility requirements and application details are available online. The application deadline is March 1, 2014.
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