Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Ready for Requiems

I meant to post on this awhile ago, but more important tasks intervened. Rehearsals with the Schola Gregoriana Philadelphia (we're working on a more interesting name; drop your suggestion in the hat) are going exceedingly well. Last night we sang Mass X (Alme Pater) and Credo I for the Liturgical Latin class which has been meeting at the International Institute of Culture in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia. "When can we hear you sing again?" was one of their first questions.

One of the things that we'd like to do is to provide music for funeral Masses, using the Proper chants and the Ordinary of the Requiem Mass. Of course, such things must be done with the approval of the pastor and the music director before I will agree to do it, but please keep this possibility in mind. There's also the possibility of votive Masses for the Dead. The entire Mass need not be sung in chant in order to bring us in, but I should add that the chant/polyphony is all that we do. Parish musicians should be prepared to provide any music that does not meet this description. If this interests you, please email me at hocket [at] gmail [dot] com.

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