Annunciation The Practice Disc

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Happy St Joseph’s Day everyone!

Mass went well – a very happy lady who hadn’t heard a sung Latin Mass since she was 34 when she got married and they said the wedding had to be in English now, no more Latin. She still remembers the chant after all these years.

And that’s why we do it – staying up late, risking making fools of ourselves during holy Mass.

So, next Monday is the feast of the Annunciation. It’s also the last week before Holy Week which I would also like to prepare for, but a good Marian feast will be fun.

The Sheet Music

and avemarc.pdf from the Arcadelt page at Werner Icking Music Archive.

Finished the evening’s recording session!

The Chant:

Better recordings are at Antoine Daniel Mass Parts (Mass 9) and St Benedict’s Sao Paolo (propers for the Annunciation).

  1. 01introittext
  2. 02introit
  3. 03kyrie9
  4. 04gloria9
  5. 05gradualtext
  6. 06gradual
  7. 07tracttext
  8. 08tract
  9. 09credo1
  10. 10sanctus9
  11. 11agnusdei9
  12. 12communiontext
  13. 13communion
  14. 14itemissaest

The Extras:

Arcadelt’s Ave Maria
Me singing the soprano line solo : AveMariaSopSolo
Me singin the alto line with a prerecorded somewhat clumsy redition of the soprano and bass on the organ : AveMariaAltowithOrgan
For free mp3s to add to your practice disc see Coro et Laboro (a capella) and Coro Voci di Trezzano (with organ) (both discovered through Classic Cat)
Someone on youtube has put up Choir Tracks of this one – a few different clips covering all the parts played with synthetic piano and strings. The video follows the sheet music. And there are Heaps of other recordings out there.

The other extra is for Communion. The Magnificat of Mr Ronan Reilly, hopefully.

There is so much good music out there!

If you can make it on Monday and would benefit from having a hard copy of all this, please get in touch and I can get one in your letterbox before the weekend.

All welcome, admission is free! I was going to say it’s a pretty echoey place and might be tricky with noisy bubs, but there were a fair number of wee bairns there today and was fine. Some had a bit of a run in the vestibule/narthex/foyer/whatever you call it. It’s solemn, but not formal – if that makes sense?

St Joseph’s Day


Monday 19th March, 10.30am at St Finbar’s Catholic Church, Glenbrook


Mass 8, Credo 3, psalm toned propers with extra verses at Communion (psalm 111). Ubi Caritas as the Offertory motet. Great St Joseph, Son of David as the Recessional hymn.

Choir to be there by 9.45am, please.

For those not familiar with the music, I sat down and ran through the whole booklet and cut it into tracks:
take1-01.mp3 the Introit text
take1-02 Introit with tune
take1-03 Kyrie 8
take1-04 Gloria 8
take1-05 Collect
take1-06 Gradual text
take1-07 Gradual with tune
take1-08 Tract text
take1-09 Tract with tune
take1-10 Credo 3
take1-11 Offertory text
take1-12 Offertory with tune
take1-13 Ubi caritas
take1-14 Preface
take1-15 Sanctus
take1-16 Agnus Dei
take1-17 Communion text
take1-18 Communion with tune
take1-18 Ite, missa est
take1-18 Great St Joseph


I’m putting this together on a CD along with some more beautiful recordings as shown below:

Not exactly those recordings, but you get the idea.

So that’s the plan. See you there!

Laetare Sunday plans

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The booklets are done:


See the earlier post for links to recordings. Laetare part one.

Going with the order in the booklets:

repleator2 – is not for the Mass, but a prayer before choir practice.

The Asperges is the ad lib one they do in Lent at Maternal Heart. It’s a little simplified from the regular one. I think it’s still okay to do the regular one though if it makes things easier.

laetareantiphon just the antiphon part. The psalm part is prett easy and I’m out of time right now so see how you go!

Hopefully I’ll update this later, but for now you have lots to go on.

Laetare Part One

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Back into preparing for Laetare Sunday!

The piece to work on is the Introit. You can find the proper, finished product, here at Rene Goupil – scroll down to Sunday, March 18th, 2012 : “4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare)”. They have a pdf for you to read and the recordings to listen to.

Looking at the antiphon, it is divided into three parts by a full bar line (divisio major). If we take just one part each week then we can get it all good by Laetare Sunday.

So here is the first installment, sung by me with a little back up vocals from my sons.

The “e” of the last “eam” is sort of embroidered with the “Lewisham” style – plus I was running out of breath in the recording. See what you think.

The Ordinaries will be Mass 17 – the first Kyrie. Credo 1.

And for those who don’t know it, here’s Forty Days and Forty Nights practice session:

Ash Wednesday!

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We have a sung Mass for Ash Wednesday! Hooray!

First cab off the rank is the little introit sort of thing at the beginning before the blessing of ashes.

Ideally we would sing straight from the Liber Usualis. We’re not quite up to that yet, especially with only a few days notice and maybe an hour’s practice before Mass on the night. If all else fails we can even sing it monotone. For now have a listen to this simplified antiphon:

exaudinos.mp3 (only 2.4Mb)
I sing it through once as it will be sung then I do the antiphon part one more time for good measure.
And the sheet music: exaudinos1.pdf

We will be singing Mass 18 – the easiest one in the book. Lent is a great time for simple easy music – and the organist has a holiday!

Probably the rest will be psalm tones, but I’m looking at the chant for the distribution of ashes next. Responsories are fun – they have something like a recurring catch and if I can just do that bit properly and the rest psalm toned… Just wish I had more time here.

It’s also time to get out the lenten hymns. Our Latin repertoire is Parce Domine, Attende Domine and Audi Benigne Conditor. If I just bung all three into the end of the booklet and we can take our pick on the night depending what our makeshift choir knows.

Ready set GO!

UPDATE! propers2.pdf – 16 pages with Mass 18 and all the propers psalm toned or simplified with safety net psalm tone version provided. Lots of extra verses for Communion too. I haven’t included the extra hymnish things (Parce Domine, Attende Domine, Audi benigne conditor) as the words are in the pew books and I’ll bring copies of the Parish Book of Chant along and Libers and that will be better for now.

Printed pew sheets – words and translations, courtesy of Maternal Heart of Mary resources.

Laetare Sunday

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Next Sung Mass at Mulgoa – 18th March 2012 – Laetare Sunday! We’re shifting to the third Sunday of the month so as not to overlap with the monthly sung Mass at Lawson.

Laetare Sunday is the one Sunday in Lent with Rose coloured vestments – similar to Gaudete Sunday in Advent. It’s the last Sunday before Passiontide, so sort of like a breather before getting into the really serious memorial of Our Lord’s Passion and Death (and Resurrection!)

So the plan is Mass 17 – the one for Sundays in Lent – we haven’t sung it before here, but it’s pretty easy. Credo – 2? It’s like a simplified version of 1. Antoine Daniel says the Vatican recommends 4.

But for the propers, I’d like to do the proper introit at least. It’s a bit of a tall order, but I think with this much advance notice we should be able to pull it off. Already we are down a voice – he’s being Surpliced at the Maternal Heart Church, Lewisham.

So as usual, try Antoine Daniel for Gregorian ordinaries and Rene Goupil for the propers. Put the introit on your mp3 player if you have one – there are a hundred and one ways to listen to mp3s these days.

For now tackle Mass 17 and the Introit (Laetare Jerusalem) and I’ll keep thinking about the rest.

Sexagesima booklet

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Here’s the booklet for Sexagesima. It features Mass 11, Credo 1 and the propers all psalm toned with optional extra verses in the Offertory Communion as per Versus Psalmorum et Canticorum, available from Musica Sacra (CMAA).

propers1.pdf – updated 8pm to make the Introit work better and have extra verses for the Communion antiphon instead of the Offertory

There are residual puncta cava – the punctums with the white dots – showing that I did make use of and forgot to untick the “use puncta cava” box.

The font is EB Garamond with Manfred Klein’s Lombardic from his 2002 font collection

Tomorrow (Sat 4th February) is the feast of St Veronica (happy nameday to me) and the day to farewell the Alleluia. Enough reason for a party. So there will be cake here in case you drop round. And if you can’t make it, maybe you can practice some chant and sing your favourite Alleluias.

As an aside, St Veronica seems to have several feast days – 4th February, 9th July, 12th July. That might be a research project for another day. That might explain why I can never remember it.

Cramming for Candlemas


Rene Goupil isn’t listing Candlemas on their excellent website – it is only a second class feast after all, but you can find propers at Luis Quiroz’s Gregorian Chant site. By the way, for a look at where he made the recordings see The Monastery of Sao Bento – I think that’s the place anyway.

The easiest tune of the day is “Lumen et revelationem gentium” or a light of revelation to the gentiles. It’s the one sung at the distribution of candles. I’m not sure if we are doing all the candle part at the evening Mass, but this is so cool you’ll be humming it all day. [NOTE: looks like we will be doing this so more reason to learn it]

Booklets for practice: Either propers2.pdf 19 pages A5 or made into a booklet book.pdf 10 A4 pages to be folded. These have everything (I hope) – the Distribution of Candles, Procession, propers of Mass, ordinaries, reponses (et cum spiritu tuo etc.). Some parts have been “psalm-toned” – that is: the second antiphon of the procession, the responsory following that, the gradual, the verse of the alleluia, the offertory, and I think all the rest is the proper chant. Mass 9 and Credo 1.

Note the font is Georg Duffner’s EB Garamond and the title is in Manfred Klein’s Lombardic from his 2002 archive on fonteria.

This is also the day where we change over from Alma Redemptoris Mater to Ave Regina Caelorum as the Marian Antiphon at Compline (and other hours if you do it that way). It’s the end of Christmas time for sure now. Maybe that’s why the Alleluia is so long – making the most of it before Septuagesima sweeps all the alleluias under the carpet ’till Easter.

[UPDATE: The Mass went well. It was raining steadily so the procession was kept minimal – the priest and servers processed down the nave while we sang Adorna, then back again as we sang Obtulerunt (we skipped the middle Antiphon). Also Greg found rubrics which said the Exsurge bit at the end of the distribution of candles is omitted – a 1962 thing, so that made it a little simpler too. And by the end of Mass the rain had eased off so we had the chance to talk and eat cake and the youngsters did an admirable job of keeping out of puddles.]

Next Sung Mass – Sexagesima

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The “gesima”s are so cool. Growing up Novus Ordo, Ash Wednesday just springs out at you and suddenly it’s Lent. Back in the 1962 calendar you had a little warning with Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays. They mean Seventieth, Sixtieth and Fiftieth respectively, counting down the days to Easter. Now we only have seven days in a week so they’re fudging the numbers a little here, but you get the idea. Some Orthodox phase out the goodies bit by bit – first its carnival – bye bye meat, then cheesefare – farewell to cheese and dairy, ready for Great Lent.

Also, if you can, the Saturday before Septuagesima is the day to farewell the Alleluia. Vespers has one last Alleluia party before packing them all away for Easter. Now we say “Laus tibi Domine, Rex aeterne gloriae” instead.

So, if we keep the Second Sunday of the month pattern then the next sung Mass is Sexagesima, 12th February this year. We’ll be doing Mass XI and Credo 1 (see Antoine Daniel for music and recordings. I’d like to try for proper Introit and Communion antiphons – see the videos at Rene Goupil. The videos use recordings from French monks and sound tonnes better than the mp3s, but either will help.

brevgradtract.pdf – the relevant page out of the Liber Brevior with the Gradual and Tract.

So the only thing left to type is the Offertory. A quick trip to jgabc and fix up the gabc into propers.pdf.

And then I realise the next sung Mass is actually Candlemas 2nd February – Mass 9. But hopefully that will be a Girraween choir Mass.

So to recap

  1. first, make sure you know Mass XI and Credo I.
  2. then look at Introit and Communion videos from Rene Goupil. If they look awful that’s okay. We should have a go the week before and see and I can always do another psalm tone.
  3. then have a look at Liber Brevior’s brevgradtract.pdf and the offertory in propers.pdf

Don’t worry if you only get as far as the first point – that’s still a great start.

We usually end with a hymn in English. The collect mentions St Paul. We can always go for a Marian hymn. We can flip for it.

Holy Family

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Quick update. We had a great Epiphany with much more experienced choirmaster taking the reins.

Then I was thinking of giving this month’s 2nd Sunday a miss, but its the Feast of the Holy Family and here goes.

propers 3 page pdf with Introit, Offertory and Communion with experimental very simple antiphons. The introit and Communion are sort of a cross between psalm tone and proper antiphon – maybe psalm tone on steroids? along with some extra verses to fill up the time – otherwise there’s a gap between the end of the Kyrie and the beginning of the Gloria, though we have a great priest who helps out. And saves us having to think up a motet for Communion.

brevgradalle the relevant page from the Liber Brevior with their take on simple Gradual and Alleluia – keeping the proper Alleluia and psalm toning the verses.

alleluiaverse a short recording of me singing the above Alleluia.

And “Great St Joseph, son of David” at the end.

The feast of the Holy Family was fairly recent, and I think that’s why the music is harder to get the hang of.

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