Thursday, August 09, 2007

Musical differences between extraordinary and ordinary forms

~continuing the discussion at The New Liturgical Movement, Michael Lawrence has this to say:
The following points presuppose a High Mass; Low Masses are a bit different, and kind of confusing in some respects. Perhaps I'll post on the Low Mass at a later time.

1. In a sung Mass all of the Propers must be sung. They do not necessarily need to be sung according to the authentic chants in the Graduale Romanum, although it is surely a pity when they are not, but they need to be sung. One could sing the Propers to a Psalm tone instead, as well as recto tono; though musically unsatisfying, this does fulfill the obligation to sing them. [1] (Also, one colleague of mine with encyclopedic knowledge and whose judgment I trust instinctively has written to say that one could sing a falso bordone setting of the Proper as well. "The more modal and Renaissance versions are particularly fitting," he writes.

There are also many good polyphonic settings of the Propers. Perhaps the most notable is the Gradualia by William Byrd. Visit cpdl to find such things. [2] Of course, new polyphonic settings can be composed as well. [2a]

2. The Graduale Simplex does not apply to the Extraordinary Form, and it cannot be used with it. It is not an option. [3]

3. Hymns cannot replace the singing of the Proper antiphon. This is a crucial point, and one which many may be quite unaware of, however obvious it would seem to most of the readers here. A Latin Hymn (e.g. Adoro te devote) could be added, for instance, at Communion, once the Proper has been completed. [4]

4. Nothing in the vernacular can be sung during the Mass. Even extra music besides the Propers must be in Latin. [5]
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But...but...haven't I heard vernacular songs at Indult parishes?

And (excuse my ignorance) what were all the vernacular hymns written for, if not for Mass? Did Catholics use to go regularly to other church services?