New Graduale & Dom Saulnier
  • The Pray Tell blog posts an item simultaneously reporting that Dom Saulnier is leaving his teaching position in Rome (returning to Solesmes), and publishing a new critical edition of the Graduale Romanum!
    The sample page of the GR includes a C#! Not sure how that would work.

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  • awruff
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    At the site Gregor und Taube ("Gregory and the Dove"), Anton Stingl has been putting up the corrected Mass propers when the working group has published another set in Beitraege zur Gregorianik. We can assume that this will match what's in the new graduale. Often enough the original melody has, according to their research, F# or C# or Eb or Ab. Here is that website:
  • Adam WoodAdam Wood
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    five accidentals in Gregorian chant?

    I feel like my head is going to explode. This is madness.

    What's next? Singing along with the melody a perfect interval above or below it? Using contrary motion? Adding another line to the staff?
    It's a slippery slope, I tell you!

    Seriously, though- this is crazy.
  • This is fantastic news!
  • SkirpRSkirpR
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    But the new Graduale had nothing to do with Solesmes, right? Now, do we think Dom Saulnier's recall to Solesmes is a response to this so that Solesmes can get in on the action?
  • awruff
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    Dom Saulnier has spoken positively to me of the research done by this German working group, even though on this or that detail he has taken a different solution in the new antiphonale. His recall to Solesmes has nothing to do with the new gradual. It's not a response to it.
  • incantuincantu
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    Anyone order one of these yet?
  • Thanks for the reminder–-I just ordered one! And will review it on Chant Café as soon as it arrives.
  • chonakchonak
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    From what I read, this is the pre-order phase, and the book won't be out for some weeks.
  • RobertRobert
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    The Pope was given a copy, and a demonstration:


    Goeschl appears to be demonstrating an aggressive new chironomy technique :-)
  • This is great! I hope to order one asap. The older notation has been more and more helpful and sensical to me.
    The man just to the left of the Holy Father seems to be pinching himself interiorly, "I'm really chanting for the pope!!".
    And BXVI looks pleased and even enthusiastic. Love it!
    Aggressive chironomy indeed! Is this quintessentially German? :)
  • Only if the name Ostrowski has a German origin.
  • DougS
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    Does anyone know if Peter Jeffery has publicly weighed in on this project?
  • Is there a US supplier?
  • When a chant melody has appeared in manuscripts in various "keys," chant scholars often conclude that the aurally-transmitted melody could not be written in Guidonian notation for the want of "accidentals." One scribe chose a "key" in which he could transcribe one part of the melody correctly while another scribe chose another "key" in which he could transcribe another part of the melody correctly. Modern editors attempt, by comparing the versions of such melodies found in various sources, to reconstruct the aurally-transmitted melody that the scribes were trying to record, and to record it by employing the "accidentals" that Adam Wood finds disturbing.

    The appearance of such "accidentals" in performance editions is a recent phenomenon; but they have been appearing in critical studies for some time.
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  • VilyanorVilyanor
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    Resurrecting this. Do you all think these accidentals will be carried over into a revised Graduale Romanum according to a revised Ordo Cantus Missæ, or will they simply be shown as "transcribed" like some antiphons and psalm tones are in the Antiphonale Monasticum, ARII, and LHG according to the OCO:ETA?
  • OraLabora
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    Last I heard Dom Saulnier has left Solesmes, and most of the work of the Atelier Paleographique has ground to a halt. It's why we the Antiphonale Monasticum is still missing volume IV, which had been promised for 2010, and why further volumes of Antiphonale Romanum appear far off into the future.
  • VilyanorVilyanor
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    Alas, Michel. It like the books have been consigned to the now dogmatically defunct limbo. Almost a double limbo, since the possible doctrine of limbo is in limbo.

    Can anyone tell me whether there's any practical difference between the Graduale Novum and what's posted on the "Gregor und Taube" website? I'm looking at creating simplified Mass Propers based on semiological scholarship as available in the Triplex, but also perhaps taking into account the corrected melodies. I'm pretty short on cash at the moment, so I'd rather stick to what I can get for free if possible. Any thoughts?