Friday, November 30, 2018

LORD, YOU HAVE GREATLY BLESSED YOUR LAND

The text based on Psalm 85 and written by an unknown author.  The tune is short and sweet, short enough where the seven verses of text won't feel like a marathon.  The tune is one of those rarities that end in the V chord, and the last note of the melody is the fifth of that V chord (for those not so well versed in music theory, the tune is in the key of D, but it ends in the A chord, and the melody ends with an E note).  This kind of ending also takes place in a little-known tune by the late C. Alexander Peloquin, titled "Creative Love".  If you have a Worship II hymnal handy, it's at #257, with the Fred Kaan hymn text, Surrounded by a World of Need.
This tune, like the one I wrote for O that I Could for Ever Dwell, is based on a Gregorian melody from the Liber Usualis, in this case, the Offertory Benedixisti, Domine from III Advent.

UPDATE (XI-30-18): This hymn has now been included as the Offertory for III Advent in the forthcoming Christus Vincit Gradual.

SATB hymn

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

LORD, I LIFT MY SOUL TO THEE

A rare hymn text based on Psalm 25, taken from The Psalter of 1912, wedded to original music, cleverly dubbed New 25th, written in a modern style emulating that of the late great Richard Proulx. Great for Advent, Lent, and even on some days during Ordinary Time.  Makes for a great hymn for I Advent (especially as many parishes still seem to prefer hymns over propers), as the first verse is a paraphrase of the Introit and Offertory appointed for that day.

UPDATE (XI-29-18): This hymn has now been included as the Offertory for I Advent in the forthcoming Christus Vincit Gradual.

PDF - Lord, I Lift My Soul to Thee - Unison hymn

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Did I Say that There Was Going to Be a "Psalm 152"?

Well, that idea is being scrapped with a new concept that will employ the current Psalm 151 and my original conception of Psalm 152, dubbed the "Christus Vincit Gradual".  Keep using Psalm 151 for Mass for Sundays and Solemnities.  It will probably take a year or so before the "Christus Vincit Gradual" is finished.


STAY TUNED!

Peace,
BMP

Monday, May 14, 2018

Psalm 151 - New and Improved - IS HERE!!!


At long last - the new and improved version of Psalm 151 is here!  What has been done?  Let's see...

1. I have added, at the suggestion of some, Graduals from the Graduale Romanum, in English, to original settings similar to settings in the old version of the project.  But I didn't stop there!  I also added Tracts from the Graduale for Lent and Passiontide.  I added Alleluia verses from the Graduale - yes, including First and Second Alleluias (the first to be chanted after the First Reading, the second to be chanted before the Gospel) for use at Paschaltide.

2. The verses for Alleluias and Gospel Acclamations are no longer in batches (multiple Sundays at a time).  Otherwise, now that verses from the Graduale are added alongside verses from the Roman Missal, to batch them would create one of the most confusing messes one musician could possibly create.  So, for that reason, each Sunday's Alleluia and Gospel Acclamation verse sets are now their own entities.

3. Psalms and such that are used more than once are now shown more than once.  One reason is for sequencing (we changed the numbering sequence, which is discussed further down).  The other is that the new and improved Psalm 151 can now be downloaded in packets for each Sunday and feast.

4. Now, about the numbering sequence: I changed the numbering pattern completely.  Before, where the numbers ran from 1 to 407, they now run from 1-a to 78-f.  Each Sunday and feast has its own number, with a letter following each component.  So, 1-a to 1-h is the First Sunday of Advent, 2-a to 2-h is the Seocnd Sunday, etc.  The very last piece, 78-f, is the Communion for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  The total count, as a result of some duplicates, plus adding Graduals, Tracts, and such, has now increased from 407 pieces to 707 pieces.

5. Finally, I have scattered the pew parts within the main body of the book, at the end of each Sunday or feast.  There are now 957 pages total in the big e-book.  The big book may be downloaded as a whole, in four sections (no contents or indices), in packets for each Sunday and feast, and by individual pieces (all 707 of them).  You can even get pew parts in sets for each Sunday or feast.

Here are the .pdf's:

Entire E-book (957 pages, 28.2 MB), including contents, preface, all the music (including pew parts), and indices.


Section 2: Solemnities after Pentecost (38 pages, 1.2 MB) (Most Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi, and Most Sacred Heart)

Section 3: Sundays of Ordinary Time (384 pages, 11.5 MB) (including Christ the King)

Section 4: Proper of Saints (138 pages, 4.3 MB) (also includes Thanksgiving Day)

For individual pieces, pew parts, and sets for each Sunday and feast, you may find them in the new and improved Liturgical Calendar.  You can also use the Scriptural References page to seek references to Psalms and other Scripture passages.

Finally, if you still would rather have the old version of Psalm 151, you can access the main music .pdf here, and the pew parts here.  I'll keep it on the servers for a little while longer.  You might want to download them so you can have them offline.  Doesn't cost anything but some of your drive space.

Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat!
Save the Liturgy, Save the World!

BMP

Monday, March 06, 2017

Alleluias and Gospel Acclamations

NEW AND IMPROVED!!! With newly-added optional SATB settings of the versicles!

Alleluia "Conditor Alme" (Sundays of Advent and Immaculate Conception)
Alleluia "Divinum Mysterium" (Christmas, Holy Family, Mary Mother of God, Epiphany of the Lord, and Baptism of the Lord)
Gospel Acclamation "Vexilla Regis" (Ash Wednesday, Sundays of Lent, Passiontide, St. Joseph, and Annunciation)
Alleluia "O Filii et Filiae" (Easter Vigil through Pentecost, plus the Annunciation)
Alleluia "Pange Lingua" (Solemnities after Pentecost: Most Holy Trinity, Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and SS. Peter and Paul, plus Sundays X-XII of the Year)
Alleluia I for Ordinary Time (Sundays II-V of the Year , plus Presentation of the Lord)
Alleluia "Adoremus in Aeternum" (Sundays VI-IX of the Year)
Alleluia "Providentiae" (Sundays XIII-XVII of the Year) (extracted from the now-obsolete Providence Mass, written by yours truly in 1997, in the memory of C. Alexander Peloquin)
Alleluia "O Clemens" (Sundays XVIII-XXII of the Year, plus Transfiguration and Assumption) (melody based on the ending of Salve Regina)
Alleluia V for Ordinary Time (Sundays XXIII-XXVI of the Year, plus the Exaltation of the Holy Cross) (Side note: Alleluias "Adoremus in Aeternum", "Providentiae", and "O Clemens" are virtually numbered Alleluias II, III, and IV for Ordinary Time, respectively)
Alleluia "Lux Aeterna" (Sundays XXVII-XXXI of the Year, plus All Saints and All Souls)
Alleluia "Christus Vincit" (Sundays XXXII and XXXIII of the Year, plus Christ the King, Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, and Thanksgiving Day) (extracted from the now-obsolete Missa Christus Vincit, written by yours truly in 2000, based on his own Christus Vincit setting of 1999)

More to come!  Watch for updates!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Come, Thou Holy Spirit, Come

The Pentecost Sequence, in English, using the familiar Mode I chant melody, a capella, with fresh new original SATB alternate settings for certain verses!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Christians, to the Paschal Victim

The Easter Sequence, in English, using the familiar Mode I chant melody, a capella, with fresh new original SATB alternate settings for certain verses!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pange Lingua (with alternate SATB tune!)

Excite your choir and your congregation this Holy Thursday at the Solemn Translation (Transferral) of the Holy Eucharist, or any other day as a Communion hymn.  This is the familiar Mode III (phrygian) chant tune with an original accompaniment, but with an alternate original tune in SATB for your choir!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

All Glory, Laud, and Honor

Yes, the John Mason Neale translation of the Latin Gloria, laus, et honor, but to a simplified form of the Mode I chant tune.

O Redeemer

Offertory for the Chrism Mass, from the Latin O Redemptor.  Translation is from the Roman Missal.  Chant, Mode I, with a fresh new original accompaniment.

PDF

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Festive Hosanna

Newly-composed "Introit" (even the Gregorian Missal calls this an "entrance antiphon") for Palm Sunday, consisting of the Mode VII Hosanna Filio David/Hosanna to the Son of David, with added fanfares for organ and brass (two trumpets, plus trombone or horn)

Monday, July 27, 2015

NEWLY REVAMPED: Hymns and Miscellaneous Responsories

HYMNS AND MISCELLANEOUS REPONSORIES (Link is to the alpha index!)

Re-worked for better margins, fonts, etc.  Also, accent marks on any lyric in Latin (also done in Psalm 151 and in Alleluias and Gospel Acclamations).

Some of these also match with certain propers within certain Masses.  The liturgical calendar links on the sidebar will help find if there are any matches.

Some tunes are completely original, while some are based on chant themes (namely those chant melodies given to the propers in the Graduale Romanum).

Enjoy!
BMP

VERBUM SUPERNUM PRODIENS

One of the things I always liked about St. Thomas Aquinas is his uncanny ability to make two hymns out of one.  For example, the last two verses of Sacris Solemniis is Panis Angelicus; the last two verses of Pange Lingua is Tantum Ergo.  In the hymn we're featuring today, set to an original tune based in part on the Gregorian In Splendoribus Sanctorum, the last two verses of the Verbum Supernum Prodiens is the O Salutaris Hostia.

PDF: Verbum Supernum Prodiens - SATB hymn

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TO US A CHILD OF HOPE IS BORN

Based on the Christmas Introit Puer Natus Est Nobis in both text and tune.  The 18th century hymn text is by John Morrison.  The tune is original, based on the Introit melody from the Liber Usualis (or Graduale Romanum, or Gregorian Missal, for that matter).  Incidentally, originally, I wrote the tune in a major key, realized later that this would look and sound a lot better in the mixolydian mode.


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

THE LORD ALMIGHTY REIGNS

The text, based on Psalm 93, comes from The Psalter of 1912.  The tune, original, based on the Gregorian Dominus Regnavit, the Alleluia for the Mass at Christmas Dawn.  Short and sweet (four short meter verses).  Also makes for a great hymn of praise to Christ the King.

PDF - The Lord Almighty Reigns - SATB hymn

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