Catholic Arts Today

Here’s a well-done online magazine about sacred music and art, beauty, transcendence, and so on.  Here’s an excerpt from a recent interview, for instance:

“The curious thing, when you think about it a little bit, is the fact that a whole range of composers since Wagner in the twentieth and now twenty-first century, have been profoundly religious men and women, in one way or another.  It is astounding.  Stravinsky was as conservative in his theology as he was revolutionary in his music.  The other great polar figure of early modernism, Schoenberg, reconverted to a practicing Judaism after he left Germany.  His later works are full of that Jewish theology and culture and tradition.”

“…John Cage went to study with Schoenberg because I think Cage saw in him a fellow mystic,” Sir James continued. “…you know the curious thing about that piece 4’33”, that four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence which was a kind of provocation to the culture and their listening sensibilities or lack thereof?  The original title for that was: Silent Prayer.  So that was Cage’s initial concept.  And there are academics pushing the idea he got the idea for Silent Prayer by wandering into an American Catholic church in the 1950s.  And of course, as you know when silence descends in the Extraordinary Form Mass, it’s at the moment of Consecration, which usually lasts about four and a half minutes.”

Gregorian chant in the vernacular

Screen Shot 2018-04-12 at 11.35.33 PMPara quem fala portugues, tem um site “Inspirado no Gregoriano” – mantido por Lincoln Haas Hein – que oferece cantos tradicionais traduzidos em portugues. Eu prefiro manter o Latim, mas para quem precisa ou prefere usar o portugues, este site é um bom recurso, e um grande ajuda nas circunstâncias atuais.

Por exemplo, aqui as partes moveis para a festa de Cristo Rei.

Ele oferece também muitos links sobre o canto gregoriano em geral para quem quer aprender ler a notação, entender o lugar de musica sacra na liturgía etc. Vale a pena dar uma olhada.

For English speakers: this site, called “Inspired by Gregorian” an interesting project to provide Gregorian chant in Portuguese. The idea being to provide a bridge for congregations or people who might be put off by Latin, but could learn to appreciate and sing Gregorian chant in the vernacular and develop a liking for it that way. The melodies of the original chants are maintained, in as much as the text permits. It’s certainly a labor of love!

The site also has a wealth of links to other resources in English and/or Portuguese for learning about sacred music, Gregorian chant, notation and so forth.

Have you ever wondered what medieval music looks like? — Cantus Lambed

Medieval music notation looked very different to what we are used to seeing in the modern world… Cantus Lambed uses medieval music to perform it’s services, monastic offices, and concerts. But did you know that our Director Paul translates and transcribes straight from original medieval manuscripts? In the images below you can see how different […]

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