Organ improvisation is on the mind of many organists these days as they cope in the absence of choirs and other musicians.
Thoughts on Death from Emily Dickinson
“Variae Preces” (1892) — “Cantus Varii” (1902) — “Cantus Varii” (1928) — “Cantus Selecti” (1957)
I stand behind it to the extent that I have even volunteered to record several practice recordings, for which I have never received—nor will I ever receive—a single cent.
Celebrating the dedication of St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Paul Outside the Walls
When it comes to Gregorian harmonizations, this piece is surely the “pons asinorum.”
I’m a little early for Thanksgiving, but I think any church musician will appreciate this story of gratitude.
The importance of telling the truth.
We must avoid hymn lyrics that are “unreasonably archaic”—but how can we judge that?
God has a special task and calling for each and every one of us.
We can sometimes be so caught up in advancing Gregorian chant that we fail to remember that every single age in the history of the Catholic Church has seen forms of popular religious music…
Due to government restrictions, California has been “locked down” since March, and all our Masses are celebrated outside.
My grandparents served in World War II and helped defeat fascism. The service, faith, and prayers of people like them made it possible for us all to be church musicians today.
Sviatoslav Richter couldn’t function—much less perform—unless he carried around his pink, plastic lobster for comfort.
A Catholic homeschooler shares her preparations for hymn study for the upcoming Advent season. She presents pieces from deep in the Brébeuf Hymnal, one from fond memories at her Catholic school, and closes with bells intoning the “Angelus”.
Sheen immediately replied: “Then I didn’t explain it correctly, because it should be a mystery.”
Book Review: “The First Christian Hymnal”
The Dies Irae is part of why my choir prefers singing Requiems to Nuptial Masses. Here’s why you should spend a few minutes with this Sequence on All Souls Day.
Knowledge is having the facts. Wisdom is knowing what to do with them.
This is perhaps the single most significant liturgical document CCWatershed has ever unearthed—and translated to English!
“Every diocese, almost every church, had its own customs. Our present rule dates from the revived missal of 1570.”
These rehearsal videos were recorded by one person, and he apologizes for the poor singing quality…
Useful links as a “follow-up” to Mæstro Clark’s article about Fr. Weber’s plainsong settings.
Including a written tutorial on how to perform Chabanel Psalms correctly.
To give you an idea how this sounds, I recorded the piece on my toy organ.
Do you recognize where these pages were stolen from in 1966, when they hoped nobody would notice?