Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hymn Tune Introits: The Annual Collection, New from WLP

My second book is available for purchase here at World Library Publications, a major Catholic music publisher here in the US
The collection presents the Entrance Antiphon for each Sunday, rewritten to rhyme and to follow the rhythmic pattern of Long Meter hymns. There are many famous Long Meter tunes, including the tunes for Jesus Shall Reign, Jesu Dulcis Memoria, All People That on Earth Do Dwell, and Creator of the Stars of Night.
From the feedback I have received when promoting this collection here on the Chant Cafe and elsewhere, the Hymn Tune Introits have proven especially useful in parishes that desire to "sing the Mass" by singing the proper antiphons of the Mass, but which also are more accustomed to singing hymns. This project provides a bridge between the two, meeting a congregation halfway.
Although the collection is presented with suggestions for appropriate LM tunes, each congregation has full freedom to choose according to its own knowledge base and background. This provides maximum flexibility--and once again, a bridge to keeping the adoption of propers low-key and low-resistance. A table of Psalms is provided if parishes would like to chant a Psalm between repetitions of these antiphons.
Here is an article I wrote on the project several years ago, with samples. 
Thank you and God bless.