Category Archives: Music

Finding a Parish in Salt Lake City

In looking for a parish in Salt Lake City, I want a parish with a  daily Mass and a choir that I’d like to join, even if I don’t wind up in the choir. A trilingual parish would be ideal. … Continue reading

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How the Church Lost Her Soundscape

Over at First Things, Peter Leithart writes about How the Church Lost Her Soundscape and concludes: Expertise is one of the values of modern culture, but expertise has always had a limited scope. We trust experts in physics and computer … Continue reading

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New Missal Chants

Chant Settings from the Roman Missal 3rd Edition (Ordinary Form), courtesy of the CMAA. The sheet music from ICEL is here. These videos are published into the commons for purposes of evangelizing. You are free and encouraged to embed them anywhere, show … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in China

The mass media take on Bob Dylan’s first concert in China is that he didn’t sing his protest songs. Of course, the mass media wouldn’t know a protest song unless it agreed with their consensus. Anyway, here’s the setlist (from … Continue reading

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Renaissance Polyphony

Renaissance polyphony flourished in 15th and 16th century Europe with some notable composers being: Dunstable, John (c1390-1453) British Dufay, Guillaume (c1398-1474) Franco-Flemish Obrecht, Jacob (c1450-1505) Franco-Flemish Missa de Sancto Donatiano Desprez, Josquin [des Prés, etc.] (c1440-1521) Franco-Flemish Taverner, John (c1490-1545) … Continue reading

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Missa Cantata

“An authentic renewal of sacred music can only happen in the wake of the great tradition of the past, of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony” Pope Benedict XVI, Sistine Chapel, 2006 “The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to … Continue reading

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Liturgical Trends

On January 4 – 8, 2010, in response to the Holy Father’s designation of 2010 as the Year for Priests, there will be a joint conference of the Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and the (American) Confraternity of Catholic Clergy … Continue reading

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Cathedral of the Madeleine

The Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City has beautiful mosaics and excellent music. Service Times Monday through Friday 7:30 AM Lauds 8:00 AM Mass 5:15 PM Mass 6:00 PM Vespers Saturday 7:30 AM Lauds 8:00 AM Mass 5:00 … Continue reading

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Summit Choirbook

The Summit Choirbook Edited and compiled by Sr. Maria of the Cross, O.P. and the Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey First published in 1983, The Summit Choirbook was compiled and edited by our Sr. Maria of the Cross. Distinguished … Continue reading

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Vatican Singing Norms

From an article at the New Liturgical Movement on Vatican Singing Norms: “The liturgy is celebrated in the Latin language, according to the Roman Rite. Gregorian chant has first place. The guest choir is expected to chant the Ordinary of … Continue reading

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Hymn Playing That Works

On a Musica Sacra forum Noel Jones made excellent observations on Hymn Playing That Works which I’ve reproduced below. Noel’s Basic Chant site has info on his booklet “A Beginner’s Guide to Reading Gregorian Chant” and biographical info. Noel Jones’ … Continue reading

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Children Singing Palestrina

Salt Lake Children’s Choir singing “Benedictus” from Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s “Te Deum laudamus” at the 2007 Christmas concert. Sung in the Cathedral of the Madeline in Salt Lake City, Utah 12-1-2007 Founded in the fall of 1979 and long … Continue reading

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