Mundelein Psalter: prayer tone mediant cadence?
  • The location of the mediant is not marked in the Prayer texts in the Mundelein Psalter. Is there a rule for it's location?


    P.S. I didn't get a response from when I emailed the same question at the beginning of the week.
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  • The introduction to this psalter teaches how the psalms are very simply pointed. The mediant occurs at the asterisk (*). The italic syllable indicates when to first change pitch in the mediant pattern. Then sing one syllable per pitch in the formula. Any extra syllables are sung on the final pitch of the mediant formula. The termination formula is marked similarly. The flex is indicated with a dagger. In the Mundelein Psalter, the flex is just a pause on the same reciting pitch.

    See page 46 in the introduction here.

    OOPS! I see now you mean the prayers and not the psalm.
  • mhjell,

    I'd email the source directly (Fr. Samuel F. Weber, OSB, if you'd like an answer with MP questions. Fr. Samuel did all the musical and text-setting work.
  • Fr. Samuel did all the musical and text-setting work.

    In fact, Fr. Douglas Martis was the editor of the Mundelein Psalter (Director of the Liturgical Institute). Fr. Weber composed the tones but the pointing of the texts was the domain of Fr. Martis.
  • Since the rest of the Hours are well pointed, the lack of such on the Prayer (I keep wanting to include "Closing") was surprising to me. I'm almost thinking it's gotta be associated with the sentence ending before the Trinitarian formula.

    No luck finding a direct email address for Fr Martis. Still hoping the general address will get a response soon.

    This is one of the open questions for our parish starting to use these settings for our Sunday Evening Prayer.
  • Adam,

    Since you were on the scene...I believe you! Mea culpa. That said, I'm sure Fr. Samuel would have some ideas about this; perhaps there would be some "clues" in his new compline book.
  • My copy of his Office of Compline is in transit. I wasn't sure whether it was identical or not; but decided to support both ventures monetarily anyway.

    I'll post what I find.

  • It is my understanding that there is no official pointing of the Grail Psalms. The pointing in the MP works for the tones included there, but when singing to full Gregorian tones, sometimes the MP pointing does not allow for as many syllables as needed. Pointing the Grail Psalms for Gregorian tones is a job that needs to be done, and I have a mind to do it at some point in the next year or so (perhaps a summer project) unless somebody beats me to it.
  • Fr Weber's Book of Compline arrived yesterday.

    Observation #1: The Foreword says this is part of a larger Saint Louis Antiphonary of the Hours. The tones are more advanced than the very simple ones in the Mundelein Psalter. The antiphons are not tones; they are more melodic.

    Observation #2: The Prayer tone is very close to that of the Mundelein Psalter. An additional cadence is present in the longer prayers. The identical mediant cadence is usually at the sentence/phrase ending before the sentence/phrase that precedes the Trinitarian formula. We'll try that until hearing otherwise.
  • I asked this before, but since we're talking about it again, does anyone know where the "Deus in adjutorium" in Fr. Weber's Compline book comes from? I haven't seen it anywhere else.
  • SkirpR:

    I will see Father this coming week (coincidentally, to purchase some copies of the compline for my church). I'll try to remember to ask him about the Deus.
  • I am pointing the Revised Grail Psalms for Anglican Chant at this time.
  • Thanks, Bruce!
  • Okay, I lied...snowstorm has gotten in the way...I should see him next week, though.