Aspiciens a longe
  • A great aspect of Gregorian music is that you can't possible ever discovery it all. What this means is that there are as many treasures to explore as you have time for.

    My newest discovery was sent to me by Jeffrey Morse, director at St Stephan's in Sacramento. He has been using the Responsory Aspiciens a longe for Advent during the procession before the Asperges. He sent in this stunning recording. Note the way the schola blows through the longer notes to give them energy, and settles in so nicely at the end of phrases. I just love the long lines here. This is why the chant never sounds static. It is not fast but it is still full of dynamic energy, a slow burning fire.

    Here is the text:

    I look from afar:
    and lo, I see the pow’r of God coming,
    and a cloud cov’ring the whole earth.
    Go ye out to meet him and say:
    Tell us, art thou he that should come
    to rule over thy people Israel?
    High and low, rich and poor, one with another.
    Go ye out to meet him and say:
    Tell us, art thou he that should come
    to rule o’er thy people Israel?
    O come.
    Hear, O thou Shepherd of Israel,
    thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep.
    Tell us, art thou he that should come?
    Stir up thy strength, O Lord, and come.
    Come to reign o’er thy people Israel.
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
    and lo, I see the pow’r of God coming,
    and to the Holy Ghost.
    and a cloud covering the whole earth.
    Go ye out to meet him and say:
    Tell us, art thou he that should come
    to reign o’er they people Israel?

    Thanked by 1igneus
  • Does anyone have this chant in pdf ? Also is there a pdf of the entire Divine Offices; either here in CMAA Home site or elsewhere?
  • If you cannot find it in PDF, please let me know, and I will send you a copy. It is from the PROCESSIONALE MONASTICUM, a book of prolix responsories, full of gems like this for the different feasts and seasons. Perfect for the adventuresome schola!
  • This responsory can also be found on p. 487 of the Liber Hymnarius. The first chant in the "Responsoria" section. I noticed, Jeffrey M., that there were some melodic differences in your recording (which is very nice, by the way!) from what is in the LH. There is some very nice rhythmic information in the LH, though, which might be interesting to compare with the score that you sang from.
  • Adam, you are very cleaver! Though I can only take responsibility for one melodic change- the very last note on the first word "Aspiciens. the "ti"" was added as I was used to singing the Sarum version of this Chant which had this note. Though I just checked in the LIBER HYMNARIUS and see that this version has the "ti". The versions in the Processionale and the LH seem to be differ a bit. The Processionale has St Gall notation above the square notes, so this informed our performance of the piece.
  • Jeffrey Morse - Since I too am use to Sarum Chant, please would you send me an email pdf of the Sarum version of this chant? My email is: And if possible, could you send me also a pdf of the PROCESSIONALE MONASTICUM? (By the way, I am here in Fresno, CA and have been wanting to come visit you up there in Sac).
  • RobertRobert
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    Here is a version in .pdf.

    edit: and another one from the same source with the St. Gall neumes over the square notes.
  • Jeffrey, that is indeed stunning singing of this chant. Bravo to you and your schola!
  • gregpgregp
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    Why is it that all the talented people are named "Jeffrey"?!?!?!?
  • rsven
    Posts: 43
    Robert, Is the whole Processionale Monasticum available in pdf. form?
  • Yes, and I actually changed my name to Jeffrey for this reason.