Ope juva translation, and pneuma
  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    I hope I haven't erred too far in this draft of an antiphon from the Office of St David (Mar 1):
    Ope iuva celitus David operosa
    Quod sit tutus exitus
    A carne cenosa
    Exsultantis spiritus
    In spe graciosa
    De data divinitus
    Vita gloriosa.

    Another question is whether the Sarum pneuma (in Edward's book) is sung only on the repetition of the antiphon or both times?
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  • a_f_hawkins
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    The Gregorian Institute of Canada is affiliated with the School of the
    Arts, McMaster University.
    The pneuma (or neuma or neupma) is a lengthy melisma sung at the conclusion of
    certain antiphons. They appear amongst the common forms. The pneuma was sung
    at the end of the final antiphon (after the psalms) for each of the nocturns, and at
    the end of the antiphon (after the canticle) for the Benedictus and Magnificat.

    Father Aidan notes that it is of interest that in monastic houses they would add the
    pneuma to the main antiphons at the Little Hours, but not in Sarum use.