Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Getting Serious with Father Weber

Fr. Samuel Weber is widely recognized as a leading chant scholar and composer today. His book of English/Latin Compline chants that came out last year is absolutely first rate. What many people do not know is that this is just the beginning. He has been creating English chant scores for many years, though they have never been collected in a single book.

After a conversation last night, Fr. Weber agreed that the most natural home for his past and ongoing work in this area is MusicaSacra.com. We've now put all this work on the server in an open directory. I'm happy for anyone to create a user interface for this but in the interests of time an open directory is going to have to do for now.

He has also begun create a new Gradual based on the Missal antiphons from the new translation that will appear in the 3rd edition of the Roman Missal. These will be uploaded week by week beginning now. However, keep in mind that it is not necessary to sing the words of the Missal antiphons; the Graduale antiphons are just as suitable (as are the older translation of the Missal antiphons). There are no regulations mandating any particular translation for the sung propers of the Mass. All of these files, then, will continue to be useful into the future.

The entire file structure is located at: musicasacra.com/weber