Catholic liturgical music is serious, solemn, transcendent, but Catholic musicians are never more fun and inspiring than when they are talking about what they love most. This is what happens at sacred music events around the world: the social and intellectual are critically important elements. The musicians (and music enthusiasts) at the Chant Café, a project of the Church Music Association of America
, bring that sense of life and love to the digital world. As St. Augustine said, "Cantare amantis est."Among the contributors
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Nick Gale (1975-2015), organist, choral director, for 13 years Master of the Music at the Cathedral of St. George in Southwark | archive
6 Replies to “In the Age of Francis, the chant is MORE beautiful than EVER”
Seriously? They are still shrieking…
Is your comment meant to reflect on the posted video? I thought that the antiphon in particular was sung with obviously covered tones. The solo verses, while brighter, could not in any way be called "shrieking."
The chant was rendered as well as I have EVAH heard it at the Vatican in my lifetime. Deo Gratias
Yep. Log onto the Vatican website at ” target=”_blank”>http://www.vatican.va You'll see the liturgical bulletins posted. I do notice that the Papal liturgies of Pope Francis do indeed include Gregorian Chant in Latin, and many times the whole Ordinary and Propers in Chant/Latin. SO, let us all imitate the fine example our Holy Father has provided!
I agree, this was the best chant I have ever heard from the Basilica.
This is wonderful example of what can be done in the parish church, and one that any competent schola/choir could follow. Chant a cappella has such impact and it can be achieved with normal voices and there is nothing arcane about it. I believe the chant used this way attains a noble simplicity and sacredness that presents the fullness of the human voice as an instrument of worship of our Lord without embellishments.
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