The exuberance of Easter

Ecce manu fortis
trivit retinacula mortis;
Plaude, creatura,
barathri iam despice iura.
Ibi confregit
Potentias, arcum, scutum
gladiumque et bellum;
Plaude, creatura,
perierunt vincula dura.

Behold, with the hand of the strong,
he has shredded the bonds of death;
Clap your hands, O creature,
look down now on the laws of the abyss.
There he has smashed
Powers: bow, shield
and sword, and war;
Clap your hands, O creature,
the hard shackles have passed away.

Audi, ecce, unde:

 

Lectio beati Pauli apostoli ad Corinthios. Fratres, expurgáte vetus ferméntum, ut sitis nova conspérsio, sicut estis ázymi.

Wherefore, hear and behold:

 

A reading from blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians. Brethren, purge out the old leaven, that you may be the new dough, as you are unleavened.

Cantate Domino canticum novum, quia mirabilia fecit.

Audi, ecce, unde:

 

Etenim Pascha nostrum immolátus est Christus.

Res mira, res nova, res sancta.
Laudate Dominum, omnes angeli eius,
laudate eum, omnes virtutes eius.

Dragma reperta,
plaude, creatura,
dea sic plaudenda futura.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done wonders.

Wherefore, hear and behold:

 

For Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.

A marvelous thing, a new thing, a holy thing!
Praise the Lord, all his Angels,
praise him, all his Powers.

As the coin has been found [cf. Luke 15:9],
clap your hands, O creature,
O future goddess to be applauded.

 

Itaque epulémur: non in ferménto véteri, neque in ferménto malítiae et nequitiæ: sed in ázymis sinceritátis et veritátis.

 

Therefore let us keep the feast: not in the old leaven, nor in the leaven of malice and iniquity, but in the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

(A troped epistle from the 12th century, my translation. Source information is in volume 49 of Hymni inediti. Liturgische Hymne des Mittelalters.)

Cantores de Ecclesia – Seven Last Words

CANTORES IN ECCLESIA presents 

JAMES MACMILLAN

SEVEN LAST WORDS FROM THE CROSS & ONE EQUAL MUSIC 

with guest conductor DAVID HILL

 at St. Philip Neri Church 

7:30pm Wednesday, April 13, 2022

James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross (1994) is one of the most intense works of choral music written in the last generation. It is a large piece in seven movements, each reflecting on one of the dying statements of Christ as recorded in the gospels. MacMillan borrows freely from traditional sources such as Scottish funeral laments and the ceremonies of Holy Week, adding his own distinctive musical style and vast emotional

range. MacMillan’s One Equal Music (2016) was commissioned by John Morrill in memory of his wife, Frances. The text is taken from a prayer by John Donne. The Portland performance will be the North American premier of this new work.

Renowned for his fine musicianship, David Hill is widely respected as both a choral and orchestral conductor. His talent has been recognized by his appointments as Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Music Director of Leeds Philharmonic Society, Associate Guest conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum. He was Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers from September 2007 to September 2017 and is a former Music Director of Southern Sinfonia.

Mr. Hill has had a long association with Cantores in Ecclesia, beginning in 1987, when the choir sang for Mass in Westminster Cathedral in London. He came to Portland the following year to give an organ recital and to conduct Charles Marie Widor’s Mass for Two Choirs and Two Organs. Since then, he has conducted Cantores in Ecclesia on several occasions over the years.

Read David’s full bio HERE.

About Cantores in Ecclesia: Blake Applegate, director

For over thirty years, Cantores in Ecclesia (singers in church) has specialized in Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony within the liturgical context of the Latin Mass of the Catholic Church.  Cantores in Ecclesia has sung for concerts and liturgies at home and abroad, including tours to Mexico, Spain, France, England and Italy, and has recorded compact discs, including three chant recordings for Oregon Catholic Press. The choir has been featured in print media and on the internet, including articles in BBC Music Magazine, Brainstorm and The Early Music Review, and has established itself as a leader in liturgical performance, winning loyal supporters at home and gold medals in international competition. This August marks the 23st season of the choir’s William Byrd Festival (www.byrdfestival.org), an annual gathering of musicians and musicologists for two weeks of lectures, sung liturgies, recitals and concerts in honor of William Byrd, widely considered Renaissance England’s greatest composer.  Cantores in Ecclesia, Ltd., is a 501 (c) 3 organization.

 

Register Now for CMAA Summer Programs!

The Church Music Association of America (CMAA) is happy to announce that we will be holding in-person events this year. We hope you’ll make plans to join us for lovely liturgies, inspiration, education, and camaraderie.

SUMMER COURSES | June 14-18, 2022 | St. Mary’s Catholic Church,  Hagerstown, MD

SACRED MUSIC COLLOQUIUM | June 20-25, 2022 | St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hagerstown, MD

Both events are also hosted by The Collegium of Hagerstown, Maryland.

 

Our SUMMER COURSES will include:

  • NEW!!! Vocal Training Intensive, Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam, Instructor
  • Laus in Ecclesia – Level One (Clear Creek Abbey), Kathy Reinheimer, Instructor
  • NEW!!! Laus in Ecclesia – Level Two (Clear Creek Abbey), Br. Mark Bachmann, Instructor

For details about the courses and the schedule, visit our webpage here: SUMMER COURSES.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW – SUMMER COURSES

The SACRED MUSIC COLLOQUIUM will feature the opportunity to sing in chant and polyphony choirs, hear inspiring plenary talks and breakouts, join in morning and night prayer, and add your voice to the music at liturgies Tuesday – Saturday, plus Vespers on Thursday.

The liturgies at St. Mary’s Catholic Church will be:

  • June 21, 2022, 4:30 pm, Mass, Memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Novus ordo (NO), Spanish / Latin
  • June 22, 2022, 4:30 pm, Mass, Memorial of Ss. John Fisher and Thomas More, NO, English
  • June 23, 2022, 4:30 pm, Mass, Nativity of St. John the Baptist, NO, Latin
  • June 23, 2022, 7:00 pm, Vespers, 1st Vespers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Usus antiquior (UA), Latin
  • June 24, 2022, 4:30 pm, Mass, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (UA), Latin
  • June 25, 2022, 10:30 am, Mass, Requiem Mass for Deceased CMAA Members, UA, Latin

For all the details about the Colloquium, including faculty, choirs, repertory, schedule, detail about breakout topics, visit our webpage here: SACRED MUSIC COLLOQUIUM.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW – COLLOQUIUM

If you want to help support our in-person programs, particularly for scholarships and reduced registration fees for seminarians and students, please consider making a donation to the CMAA.

GIVE A GIFT

Gregorian Chants in Chinese

At our sister site New Liturgical Movement, editor Gregory DiPippo writes about finding some adaptations of plainchant in classical Mandarin on the net:

…. these adaptations of the traditional Gregorian chants are the works of Fr Vincent Lebbe (1877-1940), a Belgian priest of the Congregation of the Mission (also known as the Lazarists, from the title of their mother-church in Paris), who dedicated his life to the evangelization of China. Commenting in the forum in which I found them, a native Chinese-speaker notes that they are written in classical Mandarin, which would not necessarily be easily understood by most Chinese people today. This is, of course, fully consonant with the Church’s authentic custom, which has always been to use (or create) an elegant and literarily elevated form of whatever language She prays in.

For example, the Salve Regina (simple tone):

 

More at NLM.

2022 Organ Scholarships at Christendom College

Dr. Kurt Poterack just let us know about organ scholarships available for students at Christendom College. He writes:

Starting next spring, there will be two scholarships offered as a part of the Pope Benedict XVI Organ Scholarship program: one for an assistant organist and one for a beginning organist.  The scholarships will consist, respectively, of $3000 and $1000 per year in tuition reduction and free organ lessons.

Specifics can be found at this link: https://www.christendom.edu/admissions/2019-20-benedict-xvi-organ-scholarship/

Students will need to submit an audition video of one piece by September 3, 2021 and, if selected, will come to campus as a finalist to audition in person on Saturday, October 16.  If there are any questions, you should contact Dr. Kurt Poterack at: kpoterack@christendom.edu.

In-Person Study Available at St. Joseph’s Seminary

St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, New York, is offering eight graduate classes in sacred music and the liturgy this summer.

https://www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes

St. Joseph’s is happy to announce that an option for in-person study has opened for four of the eight classes:

  • Principles of Sacred Music (July 26 and 27 – the remainder of the class is self-paced on-line)
  • Principles of Chant (July 12–16)
  • Medieval & Renaissance Music Notation Practicum (July 28–30)
  • Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children (August 2–6)

All eight classes will remain accessible via participation on-line.

More information about all eight classes, inexpensive room and board options, and registration is all available at the program website, which features helpful FAQs.

Laus in Ecclesia Course at Clear Creek Abbey

Are you looking for an in-person training course for the summer? Consider studying chant with the monks at Clear Creek Abbey. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings, comfortable accommodations and wonderful welcome provided by the monks.

WHAT This is a first year course in Gregorian chant, taking the complete beginner or amateur in Gregorian chant to the level of being able to sing the chant with a certain competence.

Instruction will be offered in:

Reading Gregorian notation
Solfege
Latin pronunciation
Gregorian rhythm, musical and verbal
Chironomy (direction)
Modality
Analysis of a chant

For more information on the course, visit the Laus in Ecclesia website: lausinecclesia.com.

WHERE Classes will be held in the oratory of the old Monastery at Clear Creek. Address: 5810 W St Marthas Ln, Hulbert, OK, 74441. Click here for the directions and schedule. 

WHEN The classes will start at 1:15 pm on Monday, July 12, and continue throughout the days following until 12: 30 pm Saturday, July 17.

LODGING

For women:

Bethany, the ladies’ guesthouse
Martha’s cabin

At Bethany, the meals are served: $50 per night for room and meals

At St. Martha’s the occupants must bring their own meals and cook for themselves: $40 per night

For men: the men’s guesthouse at the abbey. Meals are provided: $50 per night for room and meals.

HOW MUCH

Laus 1 Instruction: $200

Laus 1 manual: $45

Lodging,

at Bethany: $50 per night, $200 for Monday night (7/12) thru Friday night (7/16)
at St. Martha’s: $40 per night, $160 for Monday night (7/12) thru Friday night (7/16)
at men’s guesthouse:$50 per night, $200 for Monday night (7/12) thru Friday night (7/16)

Payment can be made in advance either by check (made out to Clear Creek Abbey. Address: 5804 Monastery Road, Hulbert, OK, 74441) or through the abbey website or during the session, by cash, check or credit card.

Those attending the session will be expected to provide their own paper (notebook) and writing instruments. A ruler would be handy; ruled paper also, especially for those who plan to work on the assignments provided in the Laus 1 manual. Fr. Bachmann will be happy to correct assignments completed during the session—according to the time he disposes of.

PREREQUISITES No previous musical or Gregorian training is necessary. However, the applicant should be able to sing and carry a tune.

HOW MANY A maximum of 20 students will be accepted for this course on the basis of first-come, first-serve.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW