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Second installment of the grand plan to record the entire Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary! In no particular order.
Here's a spur-of-the-moment recording of Prime from our family morning prayers on the feast of St Nicholas (hence the reference to chocolate for breakfast)
It also includes the anticipated Roman Martyrology from an old book off the Internet Archive which I've had printed through Lulu and painstakingly converted to a webpage - see brandt.id.au for details.
So, being Advent, we take the Office 2 variation. Most of the words are the same as Office 1, but the Antiphon, Little Chapter and Collect are different.
And I really hope to get into the next episode of the New Book of Old Hymns featuring the Christmas music really soon!
My most popular videos on youtube are the ones on how to sing the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. So many people want to sing this popular devotion from the middle ages.
Baronius Press has published very handsome little copies of the Little Office with the key pieces of chant in an appendix. It is tantalisingly close to enabling people to sing the Office, but it lacks the handy mark-up that choir members would be accustomed to. A complete work would be much bigger. I have made some such booklets at littleoffice.brandt.id.au. Right now there is a long way to go.
In this episode we sing through Lauds from Office 1 as it would be sung from Pentecost through to the end of the Liturgical Year.
Long, long ago, I put together a little hymnbook with all the Gregorian Chant I was hearing at Mass along with English translations. It would bug me that you would need to join the choir and buy expensive Libers in order to sing along to these beautiful melodies. Also it seemed very unfair that in some cases there were no translations available.
In the process I learned a lot about Gregorian Chant, reading square notes and even some Latin. When I excitedly showed my book to other people, many were dismayed as they did not yet know much about reading square notes, so the music was effectively still locked up. The people who were fortunate enough to attend the same amazing parish had heard the music, but that still left many out in the cold.
So, finally I am making recordings to support the book. It's early days yet, but here's hoping this helps.
You may be surprised to learn this episode is in fact edited down a fair bit - there's a good sprinkling of interruptions here and there. Maybe next episode will be a night time recording.
This episode covers:
Oremus pro pontifice nostro
Conditor alme siderum
Veni O Sapientia
You can get the book printed from Lulu or download from github or Selz.
An experiment in helping my kids revise this course, plus help out anyone who would like to hear the Latin in this course spoken by Latin Mass afficionados from Australia.
Print these pdfs:
Something we're building: