Music for Tridentine Mass

Some help please

[font=Arial]Does anybody know especially, those that attend Tridentine Mass, if there are any music books that have the chants of the Tridentine High Mass. I’m talking about the Introit, Gradual, Offeratory Antiphon and the Communion Antiphon. I remember the beautiful organ music to the Introit that resembled the Asperges Me. Also does anybody know if these chants are permitted to be used during the Novus Ordo mass. [/font]

Peace be with you!

I don’t know where to find them, but they certainly are permitted in NO Masses. There is a church that I go to pretty often now that does all the songs in Gregorian chant at one of their Masses. They do the Introit and, at least at their High Mass, the Gradual. All the “prayer songs” are in Latin too–the Kyrie, the Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Pater Noster, Angus Dei. At another church I used to go to daily Mass at, they speak the Communion Antiphon, but it was in English.

In Christ,

The book you are looking for is the Liber Usualis. You can purchase one here:

I feel that the Liber Usualis might be a bit intimidating to someone new to it. I wonder if there are still copies of the St. Gregory Hymnal still available?

Found it! This will have alot of what you are looking for in a far more accessible setting.

Our cathedral choir routinely uses chant in the context of a normal Mass in English. We since all of the sequences in Latin and during Lent, the Kyrie, Sanctus, Great Amen, and Angus Dei are all Latin chant (which is great because my kids not only got exposure to sacred polyphony, they at least learned the basic chants of the Latin Mass).

The good Sisters of Mercy began teaching us chant in first grade - of course this was prior to VII.

There are the Rossini Propers (psalm tone) also from Neumann Press, but for Novus Ordo, they may be shifted by one Sunday, but the feast days should be about the same.

Rossini Propers

As for the Liber Usualis, for each Sunday, there are free mp3s and links to the picture files of the Gregorian notation (pink icon) in two sites:

Novus Ordo

Tridentine Rite

Thanks, I will look into the St. Gregory Hymal. The problem I would have with the Liber Usualis is those square notes on the four line staff. I can never figure those out.

If you sight-read/sing modern notation already, Gregorian notation can be easy to learn. It’s works on a solfeg system, so you just need to know your intervals and sing the chant on the starting pitch that you’re comfortable with.

There are two clefs used. The one that looks like a backwards C is a Do-clef, and it’s position tells you where Do is. Same principle with the other clef, the Fa-clef, for Fa.

You treat all the squares and diamonds like eight notes, but if they have certain markings (explained in the link below), you would hold them just a bit longer. If you see a squiggly line, the square note that precedes it is held, while the squiggly is just treated like a normal note.

The modern notation equivalent for the chant in the following link should only be a guide to the rhythm and intervals, and as I mentioned before, you can sing on any key you want that’s in your range.

Gregorian Notation Guide

Good link. I’ve been trying to explain chant notation to my history students, this is one of the most concise (and logical) explanations I’ve seen.

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