Friday, May 22, 2015

The Communion Song for Pentecost: Factus est repente de caelo sonus ("Suddenly there came a sound from heaven")

The Communio for Pentecost is taken from the story from Acts 2 of the original day of Pentecost; no word on who the singers are here:

CPDL has the Latin text for this chant, plus an English translation by "the St. Ann choir":
Factus est repente de coelo sonus,
tamquam advenientis spiritus vehementis ubi erant sedentes,
et repleti sunt omnes Spiritu Sancto,
loquentes magnalia Dei,
alleluia, alleluia.

Suddenly there came a sound from heaven,
as of a mighty wind coming where they were sitting,
and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit,
speaking the wonderful works of God,
alleluia, alleluia.

Here's the full score:

Here's another video of this, sung in a bit of a different style; very pretty:

The video was uploaded by "La Mission de la Maison du Coeur" - about which I am trying to find more.  Not sure if the singers are somehow related to that group or not.

Here's a polyphonic version of the song; the composer is Gregor Aichinger, who lived during the 16th Century. The singers are the Ensemble Vocale di Venezia (dir: Gianandrea Pauletta).

Don't forget to read Full Homely Divinity's Pentecost entry!  And whatever you do, don't forget to sing The Pentecost Sequence (Veni, Sancte Spiritus) and "Come Down, O Love Divine".  And that's not even to mention Veni Creator Spiritus!  The Holy Spirit certainly inspires some spectacular music.

Here are links to all the propers on the day, from the Benedictines of Brazil:
Dominica Pentecostes ad Missam in die
Introitus:  Spiritus Domini (cum Gloria Patri)(5m07.0s - 4798 kb)  view score
Alleluia: Emitte Spiritum tuum (1m55.4s - 1806 kb)  view score
Alleluia: Veni, Sancte Spiritus (2m02.9s - 1922 kb)  view score
Sequentia: Veni, Sancte Spiritus (2m29.7s - 2341 kb)  view score
Offertorium: Confirma hoc, Deus (1m35.3s - 1491 kb)  view score
Communio: Factus est repente (1m16.3s - 1195 kb)  view score
Ad dimittendum populum: Ite missa est (28.7s - 451 kb)  view score

And here are Chantblog posts on the Pentecost propers:

Here's a beautiful, delicate piece of Pentecost art I haven't seen before: it's "tempera and gold on parchment," from a "Bohemian Master (1400 - 1425)."  It currently resides in the Museum of Fine Arts (Budapest).

Veni, Sancte Spiritus....

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