Psallite sapienter - Sacred music


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Subacta cedunt tartara,
crucis triumphus emicat:
o Virgo consors praelii,
succede consors gloriae.

Audi: beatis aethera
tibi resultant canticis;
festiva caeli regia,
ducente Cristo, en obvia.

Assumpta ave caelestium
sublimis inter ordines;
innixa lesu debitum,
regina, scande solium.

(Agone functam, strenuo
plaudens coronat Trinitas:
o quanta confert Trinitas
Sponsae, Parenti, Filiae!)--> deleted in the video I posted

Iam passionis aemula
ab ortu ab aram Golgothae,
Agno salutis asside
redemptionis arbitra.

Et terra et astra et inferi
te venerentur subditi;
sub te catenas vindice
calcatus anguis mordeat.

(O Virgo, in aula gloriae
soli secunda Numini,
dum vultus astra, recreat,
ne desit orbi dextera.

Extrema nati oracula,
mater, adimple; et creditos
ex ore Verbi filios
regnis paternis assere.

Iesu, tibi, cui propior
dilecta regnat Genetrix,
cum Patre et almo Spiritu
sit sempiterna gloria.)--> Deleted in the video I posted.
It used to be sung for the Assumption in the Ambrosian Rite (especially before the Second Vatican Council).

Terry S.

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Don't know what happened to that guy. He just stopped producing videos some years ago.


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I don't know either. I like his channel because he is in tune and sings chants you don't find anywhere else. Besides, he sings Gregorian and Ambrosian Chant. I think he just left the web because, you know, he was born in 1940 and I guess he prefers to dedicate himself only to actual Masses. I hope he is instructing someone to continue the job after he retires, though. You hear less and less Gregorian Chant these days. On the contrary Marco Frisina and his band are all over the place.
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I think this used to be sung during the mass "in albis":

Ad regias agni dapes
stolis amicti candidis
post transitum maris rubri
Christo canamus principi

Divina cujus caritas
sacrum propinat Sanguinem
almique membra corporis
amor sacerdos immolat

Sparsum cruorem postibus
vastator horret Angelus (x2)
fugitque divisum mare
merguntur hostes fluctibus (x2)

Iam pascha nostrum Christus est
paschalis idem victima (x2 I+II)
et pura puris mentibus
sinceritatis azyma (x2)

The following part was deleted in this version.
((((O vera caeli victima
subjecta cui sunt tartara
soluta mortis vincula
recepta vitae praemia

Victor subactis inferis
trophaea Christus explicat
caeloque aperto subditum
regem tenebrarum trahit

Ut sis perenne mentibus
paschale Jesu gaudium
a morte dira criminum
vitae renatos libera ))))

Deo patri sit gloria
et filio qui a mortuis
surrexit ac paraclito
in sempiterna saecula


I wonder how a whole orchestra was allowed to play in a church an "operistic" rendition of this:oops: by a Bohemian composer. Nevertheless, I think it's nice. Probably it's a private Chapel.


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Salutis humanae Sator
Jesu voluptas cordium
Orbis redempti Conditor,
Et casta lux amantium

Tu dux ad astra et semita,
Sis meta nostris cordibus,
Sis lacrymarum gaudium
Sis dulce vitae praemium.

I think the description "motet of the Venetian School" isn't correct. This kind of chant is actually more ancient and has, IMHO, to be considered part of the so called "canto patriarchino"-"chant of the Patriarchs", which was used since well before the XVI century not only in north-eastern Italy, but also in Istrian and Dalmatian regions (according to musicologist David Di Paoli Paulovich). The Council of Trent didn't outlaw the Aquileian Rite, but the Patriarchs' chant was progressively abandoned and Gregorian melodies were used instead. What was then an immense "repertoire" has been mostly lost.


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Antiphon against plague

Stella coeli extirpavit,
quae lactavit Dominum,
mortis pestem quam plantavit
primus parens hominum.
Ipsa stella nunc dignetur
sidera compescere,
quorum bella plebem caedunt
dirae mortis ulcere.
O piissima stella maris,
a peste succurre nobis.
Audi nos Domina,
nam Filius tuus
nihil negans te honorat.
Salva nos Jesu,
pro quibus Virgo mater te orat

(the video uses only part of the antiphone)


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Here in Milan Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow are the days of the "Minor Litanies" and (for those who wish to) fasting. It's a strange rule of the Ambrosian Rite to fast before the end of the Easter period. The old Aquileian rite had a similar rule. Apperently it's connected to some Syriac ritual called "Baʻūṯá d-Ninwáyé" - "Ninive Rogations". The law is quite strict at the moment and we can't make the procession outside, so the priest and a couple of folks "walked" inside (doesn't make any sense to forbid Processions since bars are open, I mean, it would be more healthy to do it "en plein air", I guess).

The correct use of the thurible is called "per ductum et tractum" but there wasn't enough room for that.
The Litany has a number of Saints' names called one after the other. After each name the answer is "Sancte ... intercede pro nobis".
The officiant wears a black planet/chesuble and ashes are imposed on everyone's head on the same day;

Miserere mei, Deus: secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.
Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam...

Gregorius Textor

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Yves Castagnet has composed a Messe Salve Regina, based on the solemn tone chant of the Salve Regina. Here is the *Kyrie* (5 2/3 minutes) performed at Notre Dame de Paris. The mass calls for SATB choir and two organs.

Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison.

(Technically, that is Greek text, though it is part of the Latin mass, so I hope I didn't break a rule!)


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I've found this Portoguese youtube Channel. They are performing an herculean task with subtitles.

(Technically, that is Greek text, though it is part of the Latin mass, so I hope I didn't break a rule!)
The rules were meant to be broken.;) I think a number of prayers, hymns and sequentiae that can be useful for believers and non-believers. For instance, the "Oratio Universalis" is very easy to learn by heart and has a lot of interesting vocabulary. Besides, the beauty of sacred music appeals to all qui habet aures audiendi
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I've found this Portoguese youtube Channel. They are performing an herculean task with subtitles.
I didn't know that Latin is called "Latim" in Portuguese.

Lauda Sion Salvatorem is one of those chants with such a big tessitura (wide range of notes) that no matter what pitch you start at, the tenors and the basses cannot both sing all of the verses!

Gregorius Textor

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While two of these might seem a bit much, here is another performance, slower and quieter.

AVE VERUM CORPUS - Mozart (4 minutes)

Vienna Boys Choir, with string orchestra

Ave, verum corpus
natum de Maria Virgine,
Vere passum immolatum
in Cruce pro homine,
Cujus latus perforatum
unda fluxit (et) sanguine,
Esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine

Hail,true body
born of the Virgin Mary,
Who truly suffered, sacrificed
on the Cross for man,
Whose pierced side overflowed
with water and blood,
Be for us a foretaste
In the test of death.