Monday, September 12, 2011

Composer of the Propers of the Mass: Sanctificat

I found this past Sunday's Offertory antiphon in the original Gregorian to be extremely difficult. After singing it, I looked at by book and saw that it was filled with beads of sweat - a sure indication of its difficulty. I was a bit surprised by this - I can't remember having such trouble with a piece of chant - and so I've been looking around for recordings only to find that Kevin Allen has actually written a wonderful polyphonic version. The great aspect of this is that if your choir's polyphonic forces are stronger than your chant forces, there are growing numbers of options.