from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See plainsong.
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- n. A form of monophonic liturgical chant employed in various Catholic and Orthodox liturgies
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- n. a liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Church
The beginning of Mass also requires that life that comes from plainchant, and using the propers underscore the relationship between music and the Mass itself.
The Psalm, by way of contrast, will be straight plainchant in English, by Arlene Oost-Zinner, while the ordinary will be in Latin.
It is a simple choral gradual, that is, sung propers for the choir for the Entrance, Psalm, Offertory, and Communion, all in English, all in plainchant.
The concert ended with "Four Strict Songs," a kind of non-mass of devotional-sounding sentences sung by a chorus with the directness of plainchant and the eloquence of a poet.
His sacred music is unabashedly, even fearlessly tonal, and his chiming harmonies serve as underpinning for gently swaying melodic lines that leave no doubt of his love for medieval plainchant.
The concert will begin with Bach's Partita No. 3 in E Major, followed by Romantic-era Eug è ne Ysa ÿ e's Sonata No. 2 in A minor, which quotes the Partita as well as the Dies Irae plainchant from the Mass for the dead.
The first is Allegri's Miserere, a setting of Psalm 50/51 which mixes polyphony and plainchant.
I'll speak on the topic of my book Sing Like a Catholic, and also I'll be talking about the role of plainchant in Catholic liturgy in general.
The text can be sung in English as well, in plainchant.
If ICEL wanted to go even further to push plainchant and sacred music, it would issue the new texts into the Commons so that anyone could publish them and distribute good music, not just those who have done it during the great 40-year parenthesis from 1970 to 2010.
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