Monday, June 20, 2011

Day Seven - Colloquium 2011

I'm working on the files... but just had to post the Credo from the Byrd Mass for Four Voices. Dr. Horst Buchholz directed this polyphony choir for the Sunday Mass to end the week.


More files:

Kyrie, Byrd Mass for Four Voices

Friday, June 17, 2011

Day Five - Colloquium 2011

We ended our day with a very beautiful Vespers service in the extraordinary form. It was conducted by Dr. William Mahrt, featuring his polyphony choir with the assistance of the Master schola, made up of Wilko Brouwers, Aristotle Esguerra, David Hughes and Paul Weber. The Vespers recording is the entire hour-long service.

Vespers recording.

Also during the day, at the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ordinary form), we enjoyed hearing Wilko Brouwers' polyphony choir sing the Missa Ave Maris Stella polyphonic Mass, by Josquin de Prez (1450-1521). I sang chant with the Intermediate Women's choir, and enjoyed singing the Offertory Ave Maria. Here are a few recordings from the day's Mass:

Ave Maria
Regina Caeli

It has been a wonderful week so far... with only two more days to go.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day Four - Colloquium 2011

Another wonderful day in Pittsburgh! We had a slight bit of drizzle in the afternoon, which did tend to increase the effect of the heat in the church in the afternoon... but nothing to complain of, really.

Day four was a big day for singing for me. This year I was able to sing with Dr. Horst Buchholz' polyphony choir, and our polyphonic Mass setting, the Missa Brevis (Antonio Lotti 1665-1740), was great fun to sing under his direction. Also, I had the chance to sing with the Intermediate Women's chant choir under the direction of David Hughes. It was a pleasure to sing with him. He stresses a lot of the fundamentals of solfege and Solesmes style of singing the chant. It was very good to sing with him. I did record the entire Mass again, but am a bit behind on my editing from the original recording... later today I hope to have more recordings up.

Here are some of the music recordings:

Organ Prelude: Chorale-Preludes on Komm, Heiliger Geist, Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707), Jonathan Ryan, organist.
Introit Spiritus Domini
Kyrie Missa Brevis, Antonio Lotti (1667-1740)
Gloria Mass XII
Alleluia Emitte Spiritum tuum
Alleluia Veni Sancte Spiritus
Sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus
Offertory Confirma hoc
Offertory Motet: Dum complerentur, Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
Sanctus Missa Brevis 
Benedictus Missa Brevis
Agnus Dei  Missa Brevis
Communion Factus est repente
Communion Motet: Panis Angelicus (Claudio Casciolini - 1697-1760)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day Three - Colloquium 2011

Day Three was another beautiful day in Pittsburgh. The weather has been absolutely wonderful this year, sunny and warm, but not oppressively hot.

After dinner this evening, Msgr. Wadsworth (ICEL) and Jeffrey Tucker gave a short presentation on the new Missal translation chants. Here is a photo of them in the middle of that...

Today we celebrated Mass at the Church of the Epiphany again, today a Requiem Mass for the deceased members of CMAA. Here are a few recordings:

2nd Reading
Dies Irae
Offertory Domine Jesu Christe
Offertory Motet "Thou knowest, Lord," Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Sanctus Mass XVIII
Agnus Dei Mass XVIII
Communion Lux aeterna
Communion Motet: Ave Christe, Josquin de Prez (1450-1521)

I have more still to cut from the original recording... I'll continue tomorrow. Morning prayer seems early when you stay up too late the night before!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day Two - Colloquium 2011

Well... first off a photo of Dr. William Mahrt (President, CMAA) and Jeffrey Tucker (Editor, Sacred Music Journal) while they examine the first copies of the newly printed Simple English Propers. The book is listed on Amazon and is also being sold to Colloquium participants.

.. I only have had a few minutes' time, but I have some recordings from this afternoon's Mass that may be of interest... It was a wonderful Mass  (votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, celebrant). This Mass was novus ordo, said in English, with Latin ordinaries...

Here are the first few recordings I have ready to hear:

Offertory Antiphon
Almighty and Everlasting God (Orlando Gibbons 1583-1625)
Communion antiphon
O Sacrum Convivium (Luca Marenzio 1556-1599)

More later!

Colloquium in Pittsburgh 2011

Well... people began arriving at the Power Center at Duquesne University for registration shortly before 2:00 pm yesterday afternoon. It was wonderful to see friends from previous years as well as meeting people who were attending for the first time. After all the planning over the past months, it was very nice to be able to put faces with names.

Dr. William Mahrt gave a welcoming address to the group, sharing thoughts on Sacred Music, the mission of the Church Music Association of America and a bit about the role of Sacred Music in the Catholic liturgy. 

Dr. Paul Weber (Assoc. Prof. of Music, Franciscan University of Steubenville) gave us a wonderful organ concert to kick off the music for the week, playing selections from Widor, Bach and Franck.

I look forward to getting started singing chant and polyphony today... Perhaps even a few recordings may make it onto my blog this week.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fun stuff...

I've mentioned that I enjoy singing with a small women's ensemble in Macon... well, I recorded a few things at our rehearsal this evening and thought I'd share. Obviously, the recording quality is not professional... and it was a rehearsal, after all, but... we are singing some fun things.

We sang the Ave Maria chant as a beginning prayer... it is a bit different in the timing than I am used to, but the same melody...

Next came the Ave Verum by Faure. We'll be singing it for the Feast of Corpus Christi at St. Joseph's Parish in Macon.

As a prelude for the Feast of Corpus Christi, we'll be singing Laudamus te, by Vivaldi.