6 Replies to “Chant from Seville”

  1. I am from a Quaker town than had secret signs that told which houses were willing to hide and house runaway slaves.

    What kind of mark can you put on your church to leave a sign at all times that chant may be found here, even during moments of musical less-than-profoundity?

    When attending a training session in the central shining beacon to all churches at the home church of St. Cecilia Schola in Auburn, I wandered in the back of the church and I found hanging on the wall two framed pages of illuminated chant.

    While they may be out of the reach of a parish that only has chant because of a copy machine I propose that a wonderful color print of an illuminated chant page, framed, might be affordable.

    Take a moment and say a prayer of thankfulness for the pastor of this Auburn, AL parish who did not look at Arlene and >•< and say, "Are you crazy?"

  2. Propter veritatem et mansuetudiem et iustitiam: et deducet te mirabiliater dextera tua. V/ Audi fi[li a et vide &c.]

    Because of the word of truth, of meekness, and righteousness: and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. V/ Hear, O daug[ther and …]

    Gradual, Common of the Blessed Virgin VI.

  3. Absolutely. A 1450 manuscript is relatively modern, notation-wise, so it's not all that surprising it has five lines. It's just unusual for the modern eye to see the movable C clef on the five line chant staff.

    Even more continuity with the staves used for the period's polyphonic music…

  4. Even stranger, there's an F clef at the beginning which switches to C starting on the second line, displacing the entire melody by a line. Was this necessary on a five line staff?

    I know it wasn't unheard of to change clefs, but it seems rather abrupt in this instance.

    I should not be a musicologist.

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