Sunday, 10 January 2016

Next Week's Chant

I have just spent some time practicing the chant for next week, the Second Sunday after the Epiphany of Our Lord. It has some quite exceptional music. Even if you can't read square note notation (or any notation) this is fairly spectacular:

 I could only find one recording of it on the web, and it is not great (either in execution or in sound quality).  But for what it's worth, here it is:

The Offertory is equally wonderful, and so here is a recording of that. The sound quality is better, but I think the percussive effect on the repeated neumes is overdone. Nonetheless, a glorious piece of chant.

Of course in these enlightened days, we don't have Sundays after the Epiphany any more (who needs reminding of the Epiphany of Our Lord?) any more than we have Sundays after Pentecost (who needs reminding of the Holy Ghost?); instead everything is Ordinary Time (because your Ordinary is clearly far more important...)

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