This week we have another English magnificat from Healy Willan. Appropriately, this was contributed by reader Scott who hails from the Anglican Ordinariate. Thanks Scott! As astute readers will note, the chant begins with an antiphon, because it was recorded in a liturgical context. As always, let me know if you have contributions by clicking here!
|Verse 1 of Ave Maris Stella|
As I wrote about several months ago, it’s clear that children are often more receptive to our heritage of sacred music than adults can be. CMAA member, Mary Ann Carr-Wilson, the parish’s director of music, has been capitalizing on children’s willingness and openness to sacred music by leading an annual “Chant Camp” for children in her parish, St. Anne’s. Yes, I know, Kathy posted it earlier again, but this sort of thing is so exciting it’s worth posting again!
I know first hand that young children are not only much more receptive to chant, but also they can learn it much quicker! As I was subbing for a class of several young children (probably around 10 years old), one of the things I was assigned to do was teach them the Marian hymn Ave Maris Stella. I wasn’t as advanced as I am now, so it took me a solid half an hour to internalize the melody and be ready to teach it. When I got to class, the kids floored me by learning it in 10-15 minutes without much trouble (and had I known this, I probably would have even moved through it even more quickly!). As Mary Ann said in the video, it really isn’t that difficult, particularly for young minds who are not yet turned away from it.
Thanks to Fr. Z for this!
Happy Monday! This one is from Palestrina: Tone 8, for 4 voices.
I love contemporary music at mass. Yes, you read that right. I absolutely love contemporary music at Mass. But not that outdated stuff from the 70s. Much of the music written recently is much better. I’m just that progressive. But I don’t exclusively love new music. Old music is good too. Gotta be more diverse, man.
This Monday Magnificat is a little less typical: Arvo Pärt.
This Monday’s Magnificat is by Andrea Gabrieli, entitled Magnificat for Three Choirs.
Love your mother! If you have suggestions for future Monday Magnificat compositions, feel free to send them to me by clicking here.