(II-23-18, Optional Memorial of St. Polycarp) Progress on Improvements to Psalm 151, and projects to follow:
As I type this, the updated Psalm 151 project is complete through Sunday XII of the Year. The updates include the addition of Graduals and Tracts, as well as Alleluia versicles according to the Graduale Romanum (yes, under the same music as the Alleluia versicles according to the Roman Missal). I also included the people's response (melody and text) with the score. As a result, there will be no need for a separate "pew book" for this work.
As I complete each addition, I am also adding PACKETS - complete packets for each Sunday and feast (Introit, Responsorial Psalm, Gradual, Alleluia, Tract, Offertory, Communion, and any other special tidbits unique to certain days). You will find these packets in the CVM Liturgical Calendar.
Also, please note the re-numbering of each proper. For example, what was #259 (the Communion for Sunday XII, Year C) is now #43-j. Each Sunday/Feast now has its own number, and each component of that day a letter. This will make the job far easier should I wish to finally add a setting of the Corpus Christi sequence. I would now only have "re-letter" the propers for Corpus Christi from he Alleluia to Communion (five pieces), instead of the entire project (from that point, about 200 pieces).
I remind you that the CVM Liturgical Calendar is being updated accordingly, as is the Scriptural Index. These are both on the sidebar as well. Remember, in this website, the sidebar is your best friend! Please check back OFTEN... VERY OFTEN!
Once Psalm 151 is complete, there will be two new projects. The first (the lesser tedious of the two) will be Alleluias and Gospel Acclamations, which will include all the versicles of an Alleluia (or Gospel Acclamation) setting in one batch. The second (the far more tedious of the two) will be dubbed Psalm 152, which will be the weekday edition of Psalm 151. More details on that later on.
UPDATED SUNDAY, X-8-17 THE TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
Psalm 151, a collection of Introits, Responsorial Psalms, Alleluias, Gospel Acclamations, Offertories, Communions, and more, is now complete in single .pdf files and in e-book form!
There are two e-books that you can access for free! They are:
- Choir edition with organ (502 pages, 15 MB)
- - (A handful of pieces in this edition come with additional instruments, such as brass, timpani, and bells.) Includes the responses with versicles (many of the versicles set to two tones, one Gregorian and one original in SATB). The e-book's preface will describe the book more fully. You can also read the preface here.
- Responses for the congregation (70 pages, 535 KB)
- - This is a good resource for those who want to want to include the responses in homemade worship aids!
To get the most out of Psalm 151, you will find it best to use these two resources as a guide:
- A six-year liturgical calendar which includes the dates of the coming Sundays, Solemnities, and Feasts of the three-year Sunday cycle. Click on the Sunday or Feast and you will find links to all the .pdf's you will need to sing the propers of the day!
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)
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
This piece of music is an attempt to eliminate two "ditties" from your typical run-of-the-mill parish repertoire. Here are two hints to see if you can guess what those ditties are. The first hint is the antiphon, "Remember, Lord, thy servants, when thou dost take thy throne." Got it? Good. Here is the second hint: the verses are based on the Beatitudes. I think those who are also in favor of trying to eliminate the two "ditties" with this one piece know of which "ditties" I speak. ;)
The tune and the paraphrases are completely original. BTW, this setting has now been incorporated into my "Psalm 151" project as the Communion for Sunday IV (A) and All Saints.