Thursday, November 12, 2015

Organ Accompaniments to Fr. Weber’s Proper of the Mass Now Available

For those who are devotees of Gregorian chant and especially vernacular adaptations of it, surely Fr. Samuel F. Weber’s Proper of the Mass needs no introduction. (But just in case you haven’t heard about it, here is my review of it.)

When the book first appeared, naturally questions arose: Will organ accompaniments for the chants be provided? Will there be choral verses? Will there be a modern-notation version of the chants?

I am happy to say that Fr. Weber, in collaboration with Ignatius Press, has been making available, for free, organ accompaniments and choral doxologies and verses at his own website. You can find there, for instance, scores to cover the entirety of the Advent season, and more will be posted at regular intervals. (To peruse a wider selection of scores, drop the keyword “organpropers”and simply explore the site. It’s a treasure trove!)

Fr. Weber also informed me that he is working on the English Propers for Christ the King right now and that they will soon be posted.

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