Saturday, March 12, 2011

Gregorian Chant Conference, Montreal

Contemplating Scripture through Gregorian Chant, with Ted Krasnicki

Thursday, April 7th, from 7 to 9 pm, location TBA. *

The talk is FREE of charge.
Donations are appreciated.

"Gregorian Chant inspires one to meditate on Scripture for the music illuminates the beauty of the words."

In this conference, I would like to discuss how Gregorian chant is a meditation on the words of Holy Scripture. Specifically, I would like to show that chant is a musical exegesis of the text, in terms of theology, “word painting”, inner sentiment of the singer.

Limiting discussion to the Propers of the Mass, we will first examine some of the historical issues on the formation of these Propers and how they eventually became part of what we now call Gregorian chant.

We will then discuss the nature of the Propers to see how the music for each type of Proper has its distinctive character. Finally, we will examine specific chants to illustrate how Gregorian chant has a musical language which it uses to say something important about the text. There will be a wide selection, time permitting, for the listeners to hear for themselves how this musical language will lead them into a deeper contemplation of the text. Discussion will follow.

Dr. Ted Krasnicki was born and educated in Montreal (McGill University, 1974; Concordia University, 1983; Université de Montréal, 1994). He was cantor and member of Gregorian Schola St Patrick's Basilica Montreal from 1985 to 1988. In 1986 he participated in Conference on Gregorian Chant at the Université de Montréal where
he first met Clément Morin, pss. From 1988 through 1991 he studied and sang under the direction of Père Morin.

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