Thursday, April 4, 2013

The music trapped on the page

I remember those days when I first looked at a page of Gregorian chant and detected that this is the music of the Roman Rite -- one chant for every liturgical action, all year.

But there was a problem. I couldn't read it. I had a lifetime of musical training and yet I couldn't make heads or tails of the stuff. I just couldn't figure out how to make the music real. It was trapped on the page, and I had no means of setting it free.

I suspect that many are in this situation. This is why Arlene Oost-Zinner has started teaching chant online, precisely to help those are currently in the position I was for many years.

People hunger to sing it and yet don't know how. If that describes you, I urge you to sign up for her courses on eprof. They are short and have already been meet with rave reviews.