Gregorian chant waning

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Interest over time. Web Search. Worldwide, 2004 – present.

Looks like gregorian chant is on the way out. Interestingly it is more popular in the Philippines. There is an annual swell of interest towards the end of the year – maybe in the lead up to Christmas.

Interest over time. Web Search. Worldwide, 2004 – present.

Interest in the Latin Mass seems to follow suit, except popularity peaks in Peru.

Optimists keep speculating about increasing interest in gregorian chant and the Latin Mass, but it might take something more to get that going. What do other minority groups do? Do we need some big event? Some big spectacle? But that’s not really what we’re about.

But maybe Google Trends is not what we should use to measure success.

On the other hand, prayer and the bible have steady popularity, with hotspots in Africa.

Maybe I should go do something else for a while…

P.S. Divine Office looks more promising (and seems to beat Liturgy of the Hours)


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:

Pater noster for September

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Here is a relatively brief post as I prepare for a week away and tie up any loose ends.

First the part of the Mass scheduled for today is the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father.

Today is also Our Lady’s Birthday. A great day for singing in honour of the Mother of God. The drama class needs to learn the Salve Regina, so we’ll be running through that today.

Lastly, usually we have three clips – one gregorian chant, one renaissance polyphony and one classical, but the Pater Noster is just chanted. We could look at arrangements of the Salve Regina, but like the Pater Noster, it tends to stay in chant. Here is a Pilgrim Song from the Red Book of Montserrat. Its not explicitly in honour of Our Lady, but who else could be our guiding star on our life’s journey?

And maybe this can be our jubilant song for the end of year concert?

On the day we had Los Set Goyts instead of Stella Splendens. It is similar song also from the Red Book of Montserrat. The Latin class is followed by a Spanish class so I thought it would tie in linguistically, but Los Set Goyts is in Catalan so mostly difficult to decipher except the Latin chorus:

“Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, Virgo serena”

Which we sang while attempting a circle dance – bad idea if the class is already restless. But overall you get the message – Latin isn’t just for solemn music, also for fun.

Credo for June

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In the past I’ve made the mistake of assuming too much. I put up the words and asked students if they knew what they meant. And the students looked at me blankly. This time I’ll start with telling you what the words mean! Then we can go through the hymn or prayer and you’ll actually have some inkling of what’s going on! Brilliant! It’s only taken me a year and a half…

I’ll paste the list of words and meanings at the end of this post, to save you scrolling through. Learning vocab takes more than reading a list once through, so there are lots of programs to help you on your way., home of free online educational games They let you make flashcards, quizzes and games. Use this link to see flashcards and games for this lesson’s vocabulary : Credo in unum Deum

There is an embed button but blogs can’t embed javascript. It can however embed youtube!

First the chant:

Then polyphony:

Then classical:

And to check how much you learned: The Credo Crossword puzzle.

Vocab for this lesson:
all things:omnia
out of:ex
true:verus vera verum
dead:mortuus mortua mortuum
alive:vivus viva vivum
holy:sanctus sancta sanctum
first:primus a um
second:secundus a um
third:tertius a um

Gloria for May

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Not sure if anyone will notice how late this post is, but as I prepare for the June lesson on the Creed I realise I didn’t post about May’s lesson on the Gloria.

First the chant version. I think this is from Mass 8, known as the Missa de Angelis or Mass of Angels. It is the Mass setting with the most modern sound.

Next is the rennaissance era with polyphonic Mass settings. Now the gloria takes about twice as long.

Notice the first line is a simple chant tune? The priest gets that first line.

Here is Vivaldi’s rendition of just the first three words. The whole Gloria takes about 30 minutes, ten times as long as the chant.

We had a quick quiz on latin vocabulary and it was fun and I hope to do more in that direction in future lessons.

March Providence Class

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Last Thursday was another homeschool get together for collaborative activities down in Homebush, Sydney. For Lent we revised Parce Domine and the round. The new pieces were: Gloria Laus et Honor by St Theodulf, bishop of Orleans; Stabat Mater attributed to Bl Jacapone da Todi (one other webpage gave him the Blessed title, but haven’t found any details of his beatification) and the round Laudemus Virginem from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat.

March Latin & Church Music class notes

February Latin & Church Music class notes for review.

It is funny how complex a little antiphon can be to teach when you know it so well. Learning new things is a great exercise, not only for your intellectual capacities, but also for humility. Recently I tried Google Reader for the first time and felt that familiar wave of being lost at sea. You need faith that it might appear completely foreign at first but next time it will be a little easier.

Latin and Church Music Class

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This year I am giving a children’s class on Latin and Church Music. Since many of the children are not up to reading yet I didn’t think to prepare handouts, but afterwards thought they might be good for the parents attending. So here is a link to the :

February class notes with

  1. the Sign of the Cross in Latin and English
  2. Parce Domine for Lent
  3. Ave Maria the round and the whole text in Latin and English

Parce Domine is set with Gregorio and the round Ave Maria with Lilypond. All in URW Garamond now that I found instructions for installing the free fonts so that small caps are available.