Thursday, April 04, 2013

Introducing a New Liturgical Resource: "Simple English Psalm Tones"

NLM guest post by Jeffrey Ostrowski

The following video gives a brief description of a forthcoming publication called Simple English Psalm Tones. The book is approximately 400 pages long and is scheduled to be released on 11 April 2013. It contains extremely simple versions in English of the entire Graduale Romanum (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, Communion). The translation matches word-for-word the translation used in the Gregorian Missal (Solesmes, 1990), the Simple English Propers (CMAA, 2011), and the Vatican II Hymnal.


The author believes that restoration of the Propers in the Ordinary Form can only be achieved by absolute consistency of use. Many versions of the Propers are needed to facilitate this noble goal. Our new publication is presented as a type of "missing link" for Sundays or Holy days when no other version of the Propers can be sung (due to sickness of the music director, lack of adequate practice time, or any other reason).


It probably would be accurate to think of this book "the Ordinary Form Rossini Propers."