O Crux Fructex Salvatoris
  • Chrism
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    I found this interesting piece in the 1902 Franciscan Cantus varii.

    Does anyone know how it is supposed to be said or sung? The only thing I could think was that each fructus might replace the "Fructus desideratus" in the Laus Crucis, and I'm wondering if there's any text (like a Rosary or something) that might go with each Ramus.
  • ClemensRomanusClemensRomanus
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    Unfortunately I don’t know, but I have been wondering the same thing for a while. Sorry I’m no help.
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  • tomjaw
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    Have you seen this, https://media.musicasacra.com/pdf/processionum.pdf
    There are rubrics for a similar piece on pg. 53 (pg. 51 of the pdf)

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  • Chrism
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    I thought about straight alternatim, but I think it makes more sense for the Gaude Virgo Mater Christi, because the refrain is constant ("Resurrexit sicut dixit") and it is also a complete sentence.

    In the O Crux Fructex, the Fructus parts are sentence fragments which don't seem, to my ear at least, to be direct answers to the Ramus parts. I would understand if the Laus Crucis part was repeated after each Ramus, but I can't see where the Fructus fits in the whole scheme of things. Unless of course the Fructus is vocative, but then I would expect an exclamation point, not a period.
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  • tomjaw
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    It could be a dialogue, similar to this, https://archive.org/details/liturgicalyear07gura/page/138/mode/2up

    Although it may be easier to search for Franciscan books...
    EDIT. I think it is a sung version of the Lignum Vitae of St. Bonaventure... I have seen through a google search plenty of articles that I can gain access to from either of my two Alumni accounts, I have a lot of science teaching tomorrow, so won't have time to get access until Thursday!
    A quick look at the google results finds an answer...
    See here, http://www.freres-capucins.fr/IMG/pdf/Lignum_vitae_txtb.pdf
    http://saint.bonaventure.free.fr/spip.php?article7
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  • Chrism
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    I'm still getting hung up on the grammar. I have a hard time thinking of singing "Humilitas conversationis", etc., all by itself.