Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Mass of the Assumption: Fontgombault"

In honor of the August 15 Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, here's another very pretty recording from Fontgombault (a  daughter-abbey of Solesmes); this video contains the Introit, Kyrie IX, the Alleluia, and the Communio. 

Here are the words to the Introit, the Alleluia, and the Communio; chant scores in Latin along with English translations:
The Introit, Signum Magnum

A great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. -- Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: because He hath done wonderful things. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- A great sign appeared in heaven . . . (From Revelation 12)

The Alleluia, Assumpta est

Alleluia, Alleluia. Mary has been taken up into heaven; the host of Angels rejoices. Alleluia.

The Communio, Beatam me dicent

All generations shall call me blessed, because He that is mighty hath done great things for me. (From The Magnificat, in Luke 1.)

Here's a listing of all the mass chant propers for this feast, from ChristusRex.org; the links go to mp3 files and chant scores.
Die 15 augusti
In Assumptione
B. Mariæ Virginis
Introitus: Apoc. 12, 1; Ps. 97 Signum magnum (cum gloria Patri) (4m11.0s - 1471 kb) score
Graduale: Ps. 44, 11.12 V. 5 Audi, filia (3m18.3s - 1163 kb) score
Alleluia: Assumpta est (2m09.7s - 761 kb) score
Offertorium: Assumpta est (1m43.2s - 606 kb)
Communio: Luc. 1, 48.49 Beatam me dicent (47.9s - 281 kb) score

From the YouTube page:
+J.M.J.+ Gregorian Chant for the Mass of the Assumption - Monastic Choir of the Abbey of Notre- Dame de Fontgombault. The Introit, Alleluia, and Holy Communion sung Propers, and Kyrie IX are part of a High Mass of the Assumption. Chanted by the Monastic Choir of the Abbey Notre-Dame de Fontgombault, France. Originally recorded and released in 1973, by Jean Allard. Arranged for CD in 1997 by Jean-Yves Martineau.

To buy the original full version of "Fons Amoris" on DVD go to: http://www.exaltavit.com/documentaire...

To buy the full version music CD, and other Gregorian Chant CDs recorded at the Abbey of Notre Dame de Fontgombault, visit this website:

Click this link for the Introit, Alleluia, and Holy Communion translations: http://romaaeterna.jp/liber2/grt1_137...
The Kyrie is taken from Mass IX (9), and translates from Greek as: Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.

1 comment:

Georges said...

These are very late compositions, except for the Alleluia. The traditional Roman rite has the introitus «Gaudeamus omnes» with verse «Eructavit»; gradual from the same psalm: «Propter veritatem», verse «Audi filia», communion «Optimam partem».


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