Saturday, November 17, 2007

Revisiting Chant, after 20 years

This blogger tells a touching story of getting together with a local chant group, and attempting to sing after 20 years away from it. Anyone who has done this with a group knows what he is talking about.

When we took up the Gregorian sequence “Victimae Paschali” I gained considerable confidence. I knew it well, having studied and memorized it years ago. This freed me from having to interpret the neumes on the fly and concentrate on my tone quality and musicality. The time passed very quickly, and, just when I was hitting my stride, it was time to wrap it up.

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