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Ps. 107, 1. Parátum cor meum, Deus, parátum cor meum: * cantábo, et psallam in glória mea.

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Intr. = Introitus, Introit
Grad. = Graduale, Gradual
All. = Alleluia
Tract. = Tractus, Tract
Seq. = Sequentia, Sequence
Offert. = Offertorium, Offertory
Comm. = Communio, Communion

Ant. = Antiphona, Antiphon
Ps. = Psalmus, Psalm
Hymn. = Hymnum, Hymn
Cant. = Canticum, Canticle
Missa. = Missa, Mass
      LU = The Liber Usualis 1961 - PDF
GR = Graduale Romanum 1961 - PDF
GV = Graduale Vatican 1908 - PDF
MV = Mass and Vespers 1957 - PDF
LB = Liber Brevior 1954 - PDF
OF = Offertoriale 1935 - PDF
VPC = Vers. Psalm. & Cant. 1962 - PDF
SOV = Simple Offert. Verses 2008 - PDF
AR = Antiphonale Romanum 1949 - PDF
LR = Liber Responsorialis 1895 - PDF


Singing rules.
     
Mode Final Tenor     M F T
 1  D A serious 1A A E
 2  D F sad/content 2A A C
 3  E C mystic 3A A F
 4  E A harmonious 4B B E
 5  F C glad 5C C G
 6  F A devout 6C C E
 7  G D angelic
 8  G C perfect

(examples at the bottom of the page)

Proper mode
/
tone
LU
1961
GR
1961
Comments
4th Sunday after Pentecost
LU998
MV848
GR330
Intr. Dominus illuminatio
Ps. 26, 1 et 2, 3.
Ps. 26, 9 et 14.
2 LU998

MV848
GR330

VPC108
C/D
- The words inimici mei have a classic pattern heard in the mode 2 tract Qui habitat.
Grad. Propitius esto
Ps. 78, 9 et 10.
5 LU999

MV850
GR107
B/C
Same as Saturday before 2nd Sunday of Lent (GR), which is Ember Week. The three Graduale from that Saturday in Ember Week are sung on the 4th, 5th and 6th Sunday after Pentecost.
All. Deus qui sedes
Ps. 9, 5 et 10.
7 LU999

MV850
GR331
D/E
- Long melism on throno. You can breathe at the half-bar.
Offert. Illumina
Ps. 12, 4-5.
Ps. 12, 2 et 3.
4 LU1000

MV852
GR331

OF87

SOV17
F/F
Comm. Dominus firmamentum
Ps. 17, 3.
Ps. 17, 4, 7, 28-30, 32-33, 36.
2 LU1001

MV853
GR332

VPC109
MV2017
A/B
- Watch out the semitone FE at the beginning of firmamentum, it is tempting to replace it with a minor third FD.
- The words liberator meus are quite expressive, on high pitch, try to keep the melody light.
5th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1002
MV854
GR332
Intr. Exaudi Domine... adjutor
Ps. 26, 7 et 9, 1.
Ps. 26, 1 et 3.
4 LU1002

MV854
GR332

VPC110
F/G
Grad. Protector noster
Ps. 83, 10 et 9.
5 LU1003

MV855
GR108
B/C
Same as Saturday before 2nd Sunday of Lent (GR).
- Watch out the jump a sixth CA after the incipit.
All. Domine in virtute
Ps. 20, 1.
6 LU1003

MV856
GR333
C/E
- Be very careful with that B flat in the long melism on the word "et": coming from C it goes down a tone to B flat (and not a semitone down to B), then here goes the semitone from B flat to A, then G; the second time it goes deeper: once again a tone down C-Bb, then minor 3rd (3 semitones) Bb-G, then F. It is difficult to go down a tone from C to B flat, the ear would like to go down the classic Do-Ti-La-Sol-Fa, so for this one think like a normal Mi-Re-Do for the start a semitone C-Bb, then put a semitone for Bb-A. Needless to say one might stumble but the pattern repeats itself so a second opportunity to make it right. Also the second pattern you can sing it softer like an echo.
- At the word salutare hold the note briefly on F, so to prepare to visualise the minor 3rd down F-D to come back to F then jump to A. In a way the three notes of a minor chord: D-F-A.
Offert. Benedicam Dominum
Ps. 15, 7 et 8.
Ps. 15, 1, 2, 5.
1 LU1004

MV857
OF88

SOV17
C/C
Same as Monday in the 2nd Week of Lent (GR).
Comm. Unam petii
Ps. 26, 4.
Ps. 26, 1, 2-3, 9-10, 13-14.
7 LU1005

MV858
GR334

VPC110
MV2017
A/B
6th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1006
MV860
GR334
Intr. Dominus fortitudo
Ps. 27, 8-9, 1.
Ps. 27, 7.
2 LU1006

MV860
GR334

VPC111
C/D
- Similar pattern DEC-FF-GFEF-D on usque in sae-(culum) as the genui te of Dominus dixit at Christmas Midnight Mass.
- Careful on the drop down 4th F-C after Domine, make sure to get the C right at the beginning of et benedic.
Grad. Convertere Domine
Ps. 89, 13 et 1.
5 LU1007

MV862
GR108
B/C
Same as Saturday before 2nd Sunday of Lent (GR).
- Lovely CDEDDC at the end of aliquantulum, which means: "a little".
All. In te Domine
Ps. 30, 2-3.
3 LU1008

MV863
GR335
D/E
There is a note to be careful all along this proper: B natural, it's not flat.
For example the Alleluia ascends on FGA then the "lu" goes GAB and it is tempting to sing GABb.
Offert. Perfice gressus
Ps. 16, 5 et 6-7.
Ps. 16, 1.
4 LU508

MV442
OF90

C/E
Same as Sexagesima.
Comm. Circuibo
Ps. 26, 6.
Ps. 26, 1-5.
6C LU1009

MV864
GR336

VPC111
MV2017
F/F
A few traps in this piece.
1) The C clef is on the 3rd line from the top, not at the usual position (top line) for a mode 6. Also note that the final is C, very rare final for this mode.
2) Because the ear memorizes the CGBbD of Circuibo at first, then it is tempting to sing the same pattern at the beginning of in tabernaculo when actually it is CGCD.
3) Careful to the major third C-E or E-C happening a few times: both ways in et-i-mmolabo, drop of E-C in jubilati-onis and during the melism of "i" in dicam.
4) Finally, because the jubilationis ends on C, make a little pause to be sure to get the next note right, the A at the beginning of the word cantabo, a third down C-A.
Lauds AR557
Ant. Cum turba multa
Cant. Benedictus
8G AR557
AR10
Vespers LU1009
MV865
AR558
Ant. Misereor super turbam
Cant. Magnificat
7b LU1009
LU211

MV865
MV217
AR558
AR52
7th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1009
MV866
GR336
Intr. Omnes gentes
Ps. 46, 2, 3.
Ps. 46, 4, 7-8.
6 LU1009

MV866
GR336

VPC113
F/F
Grad. Venite filii
Ps. 33, 12 et 6.
5 LU1010

MV867
GR336
B/C
All. Omnes gentes
Ps. 46, 2.
1 LU1011

MV867
GR337
C/E
Notice that you come back to B natural at jubilate after having spent time on B flat.
Offert. Sicut in holocausto
Dan. 3, 40.
Dan. 3, 41, 42.
5 LU1012

MV869
GR338

OF92

SOV18
D/E
Comm. Inclina aurem tuam
Ps. 30, 3.
Ps. 30, 2, 3, 6, 7-9, 20-21, 24-25.
4 LU1012

MV870
GR338

VPC114
MV2018
F/G
- Watch out the semitone on aurem, it is tempting to sing a minor third.
Lauds AR558
Vespers LU1013
MV870
AR559
Ant. Non potest arbor bona
Cant. Magnificat
1D LU1013
LU207

MV870
MV212
AR559
AR52
8th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1013
MV871
GR339
Intr. Suscepimus
Ps. 47, 10-11, 2.
Ps. 47, 3 et 12.
1 MV871
GR339

VPC115
B/C
Same as Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2nd Feb (LU).
- Notice the link between terrae and justitutia, meaning no pause here.
Grad. Esto mihi
Ps. 30, 3.
Ps. 70, 1.
5 LU1013

MV872
GR339
D/E
All. Magnus Dominus
Ps. 47, 2.
7 LU1014

MV873
GR340
C/E
- Lovely Alleluia. Starts on a fifth, followed by a lovely pattern DCACDD that you will find again on the words Magnus and valde.
- A tenor will enjoy the climbing DFEFGA on the word Dominus.
- In a few places there is a double pattern CDEFEDCDCDD and usually we sing the second time softer, as an echo.
- Sing the in monte sancte ejus energically, like climbing the mountain.
Offert. Populum humilem
Ps. 17, 28 et 32.
Ps. 17, 7.
5 LU1015

MV875
GR341

OF93

SOV18
D/E
There is a difficulty on this one: after the word quoniam the word quis goes CACCAB and it seems hard to pitch the B coming from A, followed by a major third down to G at the beginning of the word Deus. If you miss it, it is difficult to come back on track after that.
Comm. Gustate et videte
Ps. 33, 9.
Ps. 33, praeter 8.
3 LU1015

MV875
GR341

VPC115
MV2018
E/G
Beware that psalm 33 (verses for communion antiphon, page 14 of the VPC book) is a bit difficult to sing. Think about practicing it a few times before the Sunday comes.
praeter = "except": you do not sing verse 8 of the psalm, verse 8 is the antiphon.
Lauds AR559
Vespers LU1016
MV876
AR560
Ant. Quid faciam
Cant. Magnificat
4E LU1016
LU210

MV876
MV215
AR560
AR52
9th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1016
MV877
GR342
Intr. Ecce Deus
Ps. 53, 6-7, 3.
Ps. 53, 4 et 8.
5 LU1016

MV877
GR342

VPC115
A/B
Try not to breathe after susceptor est.
Grad. Domine (Dominus noster)
Ps. 8, 2.
5 LU1017

MV878
GR342
C/E
- Watch out the transition between Dominus and noster, no dragging on the punctum "no" of noster.
- Pay attention to the return to B natural at the end of terra followed by a descending major third BG.
All. Eripe me
Ps. 58, 2.
2 LU1018

MV879
GR343
E/F
Lovely echo on Deus meus: GFGFGF, interval of one, then FEFEFE more gentle as the interval is semitone this time.
Offert. Justitiae Domini
Ps. 18, 9, 10, 11 et 12.
Ps. 18, 9 et 10.
4 LU555

MV487
GR126

OF94

SOV9
D/F
Same as 3rd Sunday of Lent.
Comm. Qui manducat
Ioann. 6, 57.
Ps. 118, 1-2, 11, 49-50, 72, 103, 105, 162.
6 LU1019

MV880
GR344

VPC116
MV2018
C/C
No need to make a longer pause at the star after Qui manducat, link it to carnem meam.
Collect. A MV877
Epistle. 1. Cor. 10, 6-13. C MV878
Gospel. Luc. 19, 41-47. C MV880
Secret. MV880
Postcommunion. A MV881
Vespers
Ant. Scriptum est enim
Cant. Magnificat
8G LU1019
LU212
AR561
AR52
Same as Tuesday in the 1st Week of Lent (LU).
10th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1020
MV882
GR344
Intr. Dum clamarem
Ps. 54, 17, 18, 20 et 23, 2.
Ps. 54, 5 et 6.
3 LU1020

MV882
GR344

VPC118
C/D
- Notice that the word ante starts on A, not G, a minor 3rd down from C of qui est which itself starts on G.
- Difficult transition from Domino to et ipse, after a half-bar: it is a major 3rd down and you will notice some people have difficulties to pitch it properly; we had to practice it a few times to be sure about it. My advice: the word Domino ends on A so memorize this note to come back to it at the end of et ipse.
Grad. Custodi me
Ps. 16, 8 et 2.
1 LU1021

MV884
GR345
C/E
Interesting: the first few notes and the mode are the same as the offertory Custodi me at Tuesday in Holy Week.
- Careful at meum prodeat, the B is not obvious to pitch. From the beginning all the B are flat but then we enter a zone of B natural starting with the one at the end of De vultu tuo. So here it comes a first time at meum, make it sound: AGA-CCCG-BAAG-G; then, without pausing on the last G of "um", attack frankly with a second B on the word prodeat: BCBAABA. Obviously it is not always easy to catch a B natural coming up from G.
All. Te decet hymnus
Ps 64, 2.
7 LU1022

MV885
GR346
C/D
- During the singing of Alleluia: link B and D from both sides of the star; in other words: very brief or no pause at the first quarter bar. The first time it is a bit more difficult as the choir joins the cantor(s) but the second time in the end it is easier.
- Pay attention to the long melism on Jerusalem (70 notes); no need to rush, listen to each other.
Offert. Ad te Domine
Ps. 24, 1-3.
Ps. 24, 5.
2 LU321

MV265
GR3

OF5

SOV1
C/D
Same as 1st Sunday of Advent.
Comm. Acceptabis
Ps. 50, 21.
Ps. 50, 3, 10, 12-15, 17, 19-20.
4 LU1023

MV886
GR347

VPC118
MV2019
D/E
- The word Acceptabis goes down a 4th from A to E: this note E is not easy to pitch, learn it.
- Just after that the word sacrificium, sung quite dynamically, goes up to Bb twice and, without pause on "um", reaches the dotted note A, beginning of the word justititiae.
- Finally notice that the psalm verses end on E when the antiphon will restart on D, a tone lower.
- Addendum: oops! I made a mistake in my recordings, I forgot a Bb in the word sacrificium... Sorry for that.
11th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1024
MV888
GR347
Intr. Deus in loco sancto
Ps. 67, 6-7 et 36, 2.
Ps. 67, 8 et 10.
5 LU1024

MV888
GR347

VPC119
A/B
Grad. In Deo speravit
Ps. 27, 7 et 1.
5 LU1025

MV889
GR348
B/C
All. Exsultate Deo
Ps. 80, 2-3.
7 LU1026

MV890
GR348
D/E
Offert. Exaltabo te
Ps. 29, 2-3.
Ps. 29, 4.
2A MV891
GR90

OF96

SOV19
C/D
Same as Ash Wednesday (LU, GR).
Comm. Honora Dominum
Prov. 3, 9-10.
Ps. 127.
6 LU1026

MV892
GR349

VPC119
MV2019
D/E
12th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1027
MV893
GR350
Intr. Deus in adjutorium
Ps. 69, 2-3, 4.
Ps. 69, 6.
7 LU1027

MV893
GR350

VPC121
F/G
Words known to introduce the hours in the Divine Office.
Grad. Benedicam Dominum
Ps. 33, 2-3.
7 LU1028

MV895
GR350
D/E
All. Domine Deus salutis
Ps. 87, 2.
3 LU1029

MV896
GR351
D/E
- Try not to breath at the two quarter bars of Alleluia, it is do-able and it sounds better. The same applies to the similar patterns in the end.
- Memorize the melody on the word Deus: it does not necessarily go the way you would think.
Offert. Precatus est
Exodi 32, 11, 13 et 14.
Exodi 33.
8 LU1030

MV897
GR352

OF97

SOV19
E/F
Interesting: the first sentence is repeated twice.
Basse voices will enjoy the bottom D.
- Try to link the words Domini and Dei (big breath at the half bar).
- Look at Quare, Domine and learn it by heart. People think they can sight read when they sing Gregorian chant... not this time. If you haven't practiced this part before, the probability is 90% you will fail, trust me.
- The "ce" of parce is B, a semitone below C... right?
- At the word memento: sing a 5th from G to D, it is tempting to sing a 4th to reach C instead.
- The "et" of et Jacob is quite long, make sure you all agree on the duration and the finish before moving on. In other words: listen to each other or look at the choir director here more than ever.
Comm. De fructu
Ps. 103, 13 et 14-15.
Ps. 103, 1-2, 23-24, 30-31, 33-35.
6 LU1031

MV899
GR353

VPC121
MV2019
F/F
13th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1032
MV901
GR354
Intr. Respice Domine
Ps. 73, 20, 19 et 23, 1.
Ps. 73, 2 et 18.
7 LU1032

MV901
GR354

VPC123
C/E
- Careful to the word animas, there are 5 notes on the first "a" and it starts on G, same as the previous word et, like the word tuum before ended.
- The second Domine goes as high as FF-GFD-D: sing it gentle and soft without straining your voice. And no pause between exsurge and Domine, but a smooth transition.
- Also no pause between viscaris and voces.
Grad. Respice Domine
Ps. 73, 20, 19 et 22.
5 LU1033

MV903
GR354
C/E
- Notice that the word tuorum is sung with a B flat but the last B is natural.
- Take a good breath before Exsurge and try to sing it with one breath to the end of Domine.
- On the word judica: relax your voice on the distropha CC before jumping to top F.
- As well: take a good breath before servorum and sing with one breath to the end. The end is a classic pattern.
All. Domine refugium
Ps. 89, 1.
7 LU1034

MV904
GR355
D/E
Not an easy piece so learn it and practice it a few times.
- At the end of the word Alleluia it is important not to pause at the quarter-bar but make a smooth transition from A{B}CA to DEC (the {B} is the quilisma). Do the same smooth transition at the last quarter bar, on the word progenie.
- At the word refugium: do not pause at the last note A of "refu" but go straight to "gium".
- Tricky jump of a 4th between refugium and factus.
- The words a generatione are probably the most difficult part of this proper: neumatic on "ge-ne-ra-ti", going up and down, then melismatic on "o". Very athletic in a way. Be careful after the three episemed notes ACB after the quarter bar: it does not go up on a 3rd but a simple climbing of notes CD before going down to AAG and so on.
- The last words et progenie start on a major chord GBD and will find a minor chord ACE in the middle, after the half-bar.
Offert. In te speravi
Ps. 30, 15-16.
Ps. 30, 17, 18.
2 LU1035

MV905
GR356

OF101

SOV20
C/D
Comm. Panem de caelo
Sap. 16, 20.
Ps. 77, 1-4, 23-25, 27, 29.
5 LU1035

MV905
GR356

VPC124
MV2020
D/E
14th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1036
MV907
GR357
Intr. Protector noster
Ps. 83, 10-11, 2-3.
Ps. 83, 3 et 5.
4 LU1036

MV907
GR357

VPC125
E/F
Just be careful at the two B flat on the words quia melior. It goes back to B natural after that.
Grad. Bonum est confidere
Ps. 117, 8-9.
5 LU1037

MV908
GR358
C/E
- Try not to breathe at the quarter bars of the words quam confidere in homine, it will sound better, especially the bottom DEC of "ne" is beautiful. If you can't, take a quick breathe before in homine.
- At the beginning of the verse, the word "est" of Bonum est is interesting: very melismatic, going up and down with 3rd and 4th, frequently the same notes FAD and C. Not difficult but listen to each other to synchronize the jumps of 4th and 3rd. My suggestion: use the bottom F as a trampoline to gently bounce back to A, like this: DA-F(baam!)-AC. Also I tend to breathe not at the quarter bar but just before the tristropha.
- Do not forget the "pi" on D at the word principibus.
- The end is a classic ending for a gradual in mode 5.
All. Venite exsultemus
Ps. 94, 1.
7 LU1038

MV909
GR358
C/E
Brace your skills on Gregorian chant: there is a looong melism on the vowel "o" at the end, 60+ notes. Shows the importance of the words jubilemus Deo salutari nostro: "let us acclaim the God of our salvation".
Offert. Immittet Angelus
Ps. 33, 8-9.
Ps. 33, 1.
8 LU1039

MV910
GR359

OF102

SOV20
E/F
- I would suggest to pay attention and focus on the notes of in circuitu, little difficulty here.
- Also there is a B flat on timentium.
- Can you hear the end of et eos? It sounds very nice.
- Try to detach the word est from suavis without lenghtening the note G on "vis". In other words: avoid the liaison on "s".
Comm. Primum quaerite
Matth. 6, 33.
Ps. 36, 1, 3, 16, 18-19, 23, 27-28, 29, 34.
8 LU1039

MV911
GR359

VPC125
MV2020
E/G
- Little difficulty: the minor 3rd GE on dicit which is repeated by the porrectus GEG. It will be safer if you memorize this minor 3rd down.
- The suggested starting pitch is F but if you sing the psalm you might want to start a bit lower as the psalm goes up to top D.
15th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1040
MV913
GR360
Intr. Inclina Domine
Ps. 85, 1 et 2-3, 4.
Ps. 85, 5 et 6.
1 LU1040

MV913
GR360

VPC126
C/C
Starts on a classic fifth CDDABbA.
- Unlike the "mine" of Domine where it is double-simple-double-simple, the "..vum tu.." of servum tuum is double-simple-simple-double.
- The Miserere mihi is a bit tricky, watch out the two torculus and then the transition to the second Domine. It's all up and down.

Grad. Bonum est confiteri
Ps. 91, 2-3.
5 LU1041

MV914
GR360
C/C
- Lovely top G on mane. Relax your voice and sing gently.
- Some patterns are typical of a Graduale in mode 5, for example on the word misericordiam similar to sperare of the Graduale the previous week.
All. Quoniam Deus
Ps. 94, 3.
7 LU1042

MV915
GR361
D/E
- Sing the whole word Quoniam Deus magnus in one breath, legato and sustained rhythm on magnus, deploy the top F.
- Dominus too should be sung in one breath, no pause at the quarter bar.
- The second magnus (from Rex magnus) is a perilous path. My advice is: when you sing the dotted D memorize it, because most of the following neumes start on this note (D.-CDECB-DCB-DEDC-D-DEC-DCBC.B.) and it should be alright. In doubt, practice it a lot.
- The "o" of omnem is quite long and does not pause at the quarter bar, nor does it at the bottom G, but ends on the porrectus... actually you also have to finish the word omnem with the equally long "mnem"...
- Also for the "mnem": pay attention at the quilisma, there are 3 notes ABC around the quilisma on B – I find difficult to pitch the B, a B flat would come naturally, so the idea is to keep the previous C in mind, lengthen the A before the quilisma and 'pull up' the pitch back to C, then continue.
- Careful on catching the B at the beginning of terram; you can sing a major 3rd up from the bottom G but personnally I use this trick: I sing silently the C in my head and go down a semitone to have the B.
- Curiousity: unlike other Alleluia propers, this one does not use the same patterns as the word Alleluia for the finishing words of the verse.
Offert. Exspectans
Ps. 39, 2, 3 et 4.
Ps. 39, 3.
5 LU1043

MV916
GR362

OF104

SOV21
F/G
- Interesting structure: it is a mode 5 which ends on F but it waves between top A and C all along; you eventually meet the bottom F at the last measure. It is similar to going between D and F on a mode 2 with F clef.
- Lovely deployment on the word Deo and final nostro on F. I don't know if you are like me but I find this F sounds very good to finish with.
Comm. Panis quem ego
Ioann. 6, 52.
Ps. 110, 1-10.
1 LU1043

MV917
GR362

VPC126
MV2020
D/E
- Now that's a lovely incipit on Panis, sing it clear, as light as you can. Technically speaking it elevates then slows down: 4th, 2nd, semitone.
- Careful to the 4th up from the end of est to pro.
- Lovely elevation on vita after the word saeculi (it goes twice ACAC), therefore do not pause at both quarter bars.
16th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1044
MV918
GR363
Intr. Miserere mihi... ad te
Ps. 85, 3 et 5, 1.
Ps. 85, 2 et 4.
8 LU1044

MV918
GR363

VPC127
E/F
- Suggestion: link the words Miserere mihi and Domine, in other words: no pause at the star, the singers be ready to join the cantor(s).
- Jolly elevation and ample "o" at the word copiosus = « abounding (in kindness) ».
Grad. Timebunt gentes
Ps. 101, 16-17.
5 LU489

MV416
GR71
C/C
Same as 3rd Sunday after Epiphany.
All. Cantate Domino
Ps. 97, 1.
1 LU1045

MV920
GR364
D/E
Offert. Domine in auxilium
Ps. 39, 14 et 15.
Ps. 39, 1.
6 LU1046

MV921
GR364

OF106

SOV21
F/G
- Interesting: in the end are repeated the words Domine, in auxilium meum respice = « Deign, O Lord, to rescue me ».
- Look at the word confundantur and remember to separate the various "n" from the previous vowels: co-nfu-nda-ntur.
Comm. Domine memorabor
Ps. 70, 16-17 et 18.
Ps. 70, 1-2, 3, 5-6, 9, 12, 14, 23.
8 LU1046

MV922
GR365

VPC127
MV2020
D/E
- Go straight from justitiae to tuae: no lengthening, no pause.
- The shape of the melody on the words senectam et senium = « old and gray », ending on bottom D, seems to evoke the bending of an aged spine.
- Careful at the words et senium: it starts a minor 3rd higher than the previous note D, it is tempting to start on G instead of F.
17th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1047
MV923
GR365
Intr. Justus es Domine
Ps. 118, 137 et 124, 1.
Ps. 110, 2-10.
1 LU1047

MV923
GR365

VPC128
C
Classic entrance on a fifth DABbA.
Grad. Beata gens
Ps. 32, 12 et 6.
1 LU1048

MV924
GR366
D/E
All. Domine exaudi
Ps. 101, 2.
7 LU1049

MV925
GR367
D/E
Offert. Oravi Deum
Dan. 9, 17, 18 et 19.
Dan. 9, 20.
4 LU1050

MV926
GR367

OF107

SOV21
D/E


This article in French talks about what used to be liturgical a long time ago.
Basically: this Sunday used to be called "1st Sunday after the Saint Michael" and the previous Sunday would start the festivities of Saint Michael. There is no more remain in the liturgy about the feast of Saint Michael after the Offertory Oravi was amputated of its verses but here it is in its full version:
Oravi Deum meum ego Daniel, dicens : Exaudi, Domine, preces servi tui : illumina faciem tuam super sanctuarium tuum : * et propitius intende populum tuum, * super quem invocatum est nomen tuum, Deus.
V. I Adhuc me loquente et orante et narrante peccata mea et delicta populi mei Israel * super quem invocatum est nomen tuum, Deus.
V. II Audivi vocem dicentem mihi : Daniel, intellige verba, quæ loquor tibi, quia ego missus sum ad te. Nam et Michael venit in adjutorium meum. * Et propitius intende populum tuum * super quem invocatum est nomen tuum, Deus.

Here is the manuscript. In old Latin they would write 'michahel' for Michael.
You can find the restored melody by Solesmes page 107 in the 1935 Offertoriale book.
Comm. Vovete
Ps. 75, 12-13.
Ps. 75, 2-4, 9-11.
2 LU1050

MV927
GR368

VPC128
MV2021
E/F
Wednesday in Ember week of September
LU---
MV---
GR368
Intr. Exsultate Deo
Ps. 80, 2, 3, 4 et 5. 6.
Ps. 80, 11 et 17.
6C LU---
MV---
GR368

VPC129
D/F
I Grad. Quis sicut Dominus
Ps. 112, 5-7.
5 LU---
MV---
GR369
II Grad. Beata gens
Ps. 32, 12 et 6.
1 LU1048

MV924
GR366
D/E
Same as 17th Sunday after Pentecost.
Offert. Meditabor
Ps. 118, 47 et 48.
Ps. 118, 57, 58.
2A LU548

MV480
OF109

C/D
Same as 2nd Sunday of Lent.
Comm. Comedite pinguia
2. Esdr. 8, 10.
Ps. 80, 2-3, 5, 11, 17.
8 LU---
MV---
GR370
VPC129
Friday in Ember week of September
LU---
MV---
GR370
Intr. Laetetur cor
Ps. 104, 3-4. 1.
Ps. 104, 2-5, 43-45.
2 LU---
MV---
GR146
VPC130
Same as Thursday in 4th Week of Lent.
Grad. Convertere Domine
Ps. 89, 13 et 1.
5 LU1007

MV862
GR108
B/C
Same as 6th Sunday after Pentecost.
Offert. Benedic anima mea
Ps. 102, 2 et 5.
5 LU---
MV---
OF110
Same as Friday in Ember Week of Lent.
Comm. Aufer a me
Ps. 118, 22 et 24.
Ps. 118, 1-2, 39, 45, 77, 99-100, 143.
2 LU---
MV---
GR370

VPC130
A/B
Saturday in Ember week of September
LU1052
MV---
GR371
Intr. Venite adoremus
Ps. 94, 6-7. 1.
Ps. 94, 2 et 7.
2A LU1052
MV---
GR371
VPC130
1 Grad. Propitius esto
Ps. 78, 9 et 10.
5 LU999

MV850
GR107
B/C
Same as 4th Sunday after Pentecost (LU, MV).
Same as Saturday in Ember week of Lent (GR).
2 Grad. Protector noster
Ps. 83, 10 et 9.
5 LU1003

MV855
GR108
B/C
Same as 5th Sunday after Pentecost (LU, MV).
Same as Saturday in Ember week of Lent (GR).
3 Grad. Convertere Domine
Ps. 89, 13 et 1.
5 LU1007

MV862
GR108
B/C
Same as 6th Sunday after Pentecost (LU, MV).
Same as Saturday in Ember week of Lent (GR).
4 Grad. Dirigatur oratio mea
Ps. 140, 2.
7 LU1060

MV935
GR109
C/C
Same as 19th Sunday after Pentecost (LU, MV).
Same as Saturday in Ember week of Lent (GR).
Hymn. Benedictus es Domine Deus
Dan. 3, 52-53.
7 LU348

MV---
GR16
Same as Saturday in Ember Week in Advent.
Tract. Laudate
Ps. 116, 1-2.
8 LU776II

MV639V
GR110
E/F
Same as Easter Vigil mass (LU, MV).
Same as Saturday in Ember Week in Lent (GR).
There is a typo in the Liber Usualis: the tract is not on page 760 (as written on page 543) but 776II.
Offert. Domine Deus salutis
Ps. 87, 2-3.
8 LU544
MV---
GR110
OF112
Same as Saturday in Ember Week of Lent.
Comm. Mense septimo
Levit. 23, 41 et 43.
Ps. 80, 2-3, 5, 11, 17.
8 LU1055
MV---
GR372
VPC130
18th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1056
MV929
GR372
Intr. Da pacem
Eccli. 36, 18.
Ps. 121, 1.
Ps. 121, 6-7.
1 LU1056

MV929
GR372

VPC131
D/E
Classic start on a 5th DABb.
- No pause at the quarter bar between tuae and Israel.
Grad. Laetatus sum
Ps. 121, 1 et 7.
7 LU560

MV491
GR139
F/F
Same as 4th Sunday of Lent.
All. Timebunt gentes
Ps. 101, 16.
1 LU1056

MV930
GR373
D/E
- Look at the double repeated pattern after the first and second half-bar: it would be a good idea to sing the second one lighter, like an echo to the first one. The same effect can be applied to the word tuam in the end.
- Be very careful at the B natural on the word Domine, it is only a semitone below the previous note C.
- The vowel "o" on the word omnes has a podatus and a torculus, it looks like a distropha on D but it's not. It can trick anyone if one is not careful.
Offert. Sanctificavit
Exodi 24, 4 et 5.
5 LU1057

MV932
GR374

OF114
D/E
- Get a good breath before et immolans victimas which is a lovely line to sing in one go.
- Also a good breath before the following line fecit sacrificium vespertinum. This one has a very nice echo on the words sacrificium / vespertinum: it sounds like this: CDCC then ABAA. To get the best of it, sing with one breath (there is no bar). It is really the joyful part of this offertory.
Comm. Tollite hostias
Ps. 95. 8-9.
Ps. 95. 1-8, 9-12.
4B LU1058

MV932
GR374

VPC131
MV2021
A/B
Usually mode 4 has a final E but this one has a final B, the other (rare) possible final for mode 4. And the C clef is on the second line from the top when the usual mode 4 has a C clef on the top line.
- No lengthening and no pause on the words in atria ejus.
- No lengthening and no pause on the words in aula sancta.
- Look at the succession of clivis on the words adorate Dominum: they picture a humble bowing in adoration before God. Don't you think?
19th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1059
MV934
GR375
Intr. Salus populi
Ps. 77, 1.
Ps. 77, 2-3.
4 LU1059

MV934
GR375

VPC132
F/F
Grad. Dirigatur oratio mea
Ps. 140, 2.
7 LU1060

MV935
GR109
C/C
Same as Saturday before 2nd Sunday of Lent (GR).
- Be careful at the minor third DB on the word dirigatur.
All. Confitemini... et invocate
Ps. 104, 1.
2A LU1060

MV936
GR376
D/E
Offert. Si ambulavero
Ps. 137, 7.
Ps. 137, 3.
8 LU1061

MV937
GR376

OF118

SOV23
E/F
Comm. Tu mandasti
Ps. 118, 4-5.
Ps. 118, 1-3, 8-9, 26, 59-60, 134, 168.
5 LU1062

MV938
GR377

VPC132
MV2021
A/B
20th Sunday after Pentecost
LU1063
MV940
GR377
Intr. Omnia quae fecisti
Dan. 3, 31, 29 et 35.
Ps. 118, 1.
Ps. 118, 2 et 22.
3 LU1063

MV940
GR377

VPC133
E/F
- Do no pause after the incipit Omnia: the cantors intone it and the choir joins straight on.
- No pause at the quarter bar between judicio and fecisti.
- The words et mandatis start on a clear GAB, goes to B natural, not flat.
- Lovely repeated GABC on da gloriam. The first one is actually a GABCD(CC), so nice, it is tempting to sing the second one the same way but it is only GABC, quickly followed by a 4th down to G.
- Another 4th GC on the word et before fac nobiscum, sung the same as the incipit Omnia.
- The words secundum multitudinem navigate around F. Notice the many E, sung gently one semitone below F.
- Be careful at the "cor" of misericordia with the 3rd down CA and the liquescent on B natural.
Grad. Oculi omnium
Ps. 144, 15-16.
7 LU944

MV793
GR314
D/E
Same as Corpus Christi.
All. Paratum cor meum
Ps. 107, 2.
3 LU1064

MV941
GR378
D/E
Melody similar to Alleluia from Advent 4th, Epiphany Octave.
Least to say it is a difficult piece. Mode 3 is technical and not obvious for an Alleluia full of melisms.
- First difficulty at the beginning: a 4th DG followed by a major 3rd GB, the incipit itself finishes on B giving this particular flavour.
- Lovely repeated pattern GABCACABG in the middle of the Alleluia.
- At the end of the second paratum notice the B flat followed by a minor 3rd down to G.
- Then the word meum goes CA and it is tempting to sing CG instead, like the beginning of cor.
- The word gloria is wonderful with this repeated AAGGAFG three times. The only thing is to remember to jump to C in the middle with this beautiful 4th GC.
- Also after these three patterns it goes down a minor 3rd GE and this one is not always easy to pitch. What I do: memorize the previous F and go down a semitone.
- In the end the word mea is acrobatic:
1) it goes down gently FEC but suddenly goes up again a 5th on CG,
2) once again gentle FGA and suddenly another 5th down on DA,
3) finally finishing very low with a 4th down on DA.
My advice: sing prudently, watch your steps. Especially here the ending is not the classic Alleluia proper where the verse usually finishes on a similar melody as the word Alleluia itself.
- Final difficulty is to get back to the Alleluia, from D to EEF. But it starts with a distropha on E giving time to regroup.
Offert. Super flumina
Ps. 136, 1.
Ps. 136, 2-4.
1 LU1065

MV942
GR379

OF119

SOV24
F/F
- The incipit Super flumina is quite long. Get your best cantor with a clear voice to intone it. In one breath.
- There are plenty of notes in the word Babylonis. Sing legato the syllables "by" and "lo", it will sound better.
- It is not easy to pitch the A on "di" in the word sedimus: memorize the previous A on "se"; it is a lengthened note before the quilisma so it helps the memorizing. No time to breathe, the next difficulty is to come back to G quickly after descending the climacus AGF on "di".
- The word recordaremur is a slow ascension with clear sounds e/o/a/e, but with a jump a 3rd in the end with a change of sonority: from the clear sound "re" to the more silent "mur".
- Link the whole phrase dum recordaremur tui, Sion: in a choir, breathe at different moments so to make it sound like a continuous melody.
Comm. Memento verbi tui
Ps. 118, 49-50.
Ps. 118, 1-2, 25, 28, 41, 74, 76, 81-82, 114.
4 LU1065

MV943
GR379

VPC133
MV2021
F/F
- Similar progression of beating notes through verbi tui servo tuo: AAG-AAF-GGC-FF, the 3 clivis are a second, a third and a fourth.
- The word "me" after haec goes GAB so a clear tone-tone progression, avoid flattening the B.
- Interesting repeated pattern with the double torculus on in humilitate (affliction).
21st Sunday after Pentecost
LU1066
MV944
GR380
Intr. In voluntate
Esth. 13, 9 et 10-11.
Ps. 118, 1.
Ps. 118, 4 et 166.
4 LU1066

MV944
GR380

VPC134
D/E
Grad. Domine refugium
Ps. 89, 1-2.
2A LU1067

MV946
GR381
E/G
Melody similar to Grad. Justus ut palma from Mass I of a Confessor not a Bishop.
All. In exitu Israel
Ps. 113, 1.
2 LU1068

MV947
GR381
E/F
Words known from psalm 113 of Sunday Vespers in the Roman Breviary.
Offert. Vir erat
Iob 1.
2A LU1069

MV949
GR382

OF122
C/D
First words in the book of Job: « There was a man in the land of Hus, whose name was Job, simple, and upright, and fearing God... »

Like many other offertory propers, there is a longer version in the 1935 Offertoriale from Solesmes (number 71, page 122 to 125).
Comm. In salutari
Ps. 118, 81, 84 et 86.
Ps. 118, 1, 41, 85, 87, 113, 123, 157, 161, 166, 174.
1 LU1069

MV950
GR383

VPC134
MV2021
D/F
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
LU1070
MV951
GR383
Intr. Si iniquitates
Ps. 129, 3-4, 1-2.
Ps. 129, 2, 4-5.
3 LU1070

MV951
GR383

VPC135
C/D



Two videos from a polyphonic setting by Samuel Wesley.
Grad. Ecce quam bonum
Ps. 132, 1-2.
1 LU1071

MV952
GR384
C/D
Melody similar to the gradual Dulcis et rectus from the feast of Sacred Heart.
All. Qui timent Dominum
Ps. 113, 11.
1 LU1072

MV953
GR385
D/E
Offert. Recordare mei
Esth. 14, 12 et 13.
1 LU1072

MV954
GR385

OF125
D/E
Comm. Ego clamavi
Ps. 16, 6.
Ps. 16, 1-3, 5, 7-9, 15.
8 LU1073

MV955
GR386

VPC135
MV2022
D/E
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
LU1074
MV956
GR386
Intr. Dicit Dominus : Ego
Ier. 29, 11, 12 et 14.
Ps. 84, 2.
Ps. 84, 3 et 13.
6 LU1074

MV956
GR386

VPC136
D/E
- Good breath after Ego cogito so to sing cogitationes pacis in one breath.
- For a good articulation, slightly detach the word reducam from captivitatem.
* An interesting comment on the CMAA forum talks about keeping the pitch for this proper: basically the pitch F is played (for the Fa note). It is not the starting note but it a note to memorize.
Grad. Liberasti nos
Ps. 43, 8-9.
7 LU1075

MV958
GR387
D/E
Not common to have the C clef on the 3rd line from the top.
- oderunt has a 4th down DA, not necessarily difficult but some might pitch it wrong.
- confudisti starts on D: difficult to pitch unless you memorize the same D three notes before.
- In Deo has a pattern CCA-BAG-AGFG where the B is natural, not B flat.
- laudabimur goes up to G but comes back quickly to F on "bi".
- et nomini starts a major 3rd down from the previous note then a 4th up.
- Lovely repeated pattern at confitebimur and in saecula, make a pause at the star.
All. De profundis
Ps. 129, 1-2.
7 LU1076

MV959
GR388
D/E
Offert. De profundis
Ps. 129, 1-2.
Ps. 129, 1-3.
2 LU1076

MV960
GR388

OF126


OF *

PDF
C/D
- Show confidence when launching the incipit De profundis. It starts low, goes up and sets the tune for the whole proper with the bouncing DF.
- Sing Domine exaudi in one breath, then take a good breath before attacking orationem meam.


- I encourage you to sing the whole Offertory from the 1935 Offertoriale, it is beautiful (listen to the striking bottom AGA).
- Here is a version [ OF * ] from the Offertoriale but with rhythmic signs. Also a single page PDF.
- If you sing the whole, I suggest you add again the phrase "De profundis clamavi ad te Domine" at the end after the two verses, for soundly closure. Total occurence for this phrase: 3 times. No need to put anything between the two verses.
- Translation from the Divinum Officium Website:
129:1 Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my prayer.
129:2 Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
129:3 If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall stand it.
Comm. Amen dico vobis quidquid
Marc. 11, 24.
Ps. 129 vel Ps. 60.
1 LU1077

MV961
GR389

VPC136
MV2022
C/C
Sundays between 23th and 24th after Pentecost
LU1078
MV---
GR389 Same as 23rd Sunday after Pentecost.
Proper collect, epistle, gospel, secret and postcommunion.
24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost
LU1078
MV962
GR389 Same as 23rd Sunday after Pentecost.
Proper collect, epistle, gospel, secret and postcommunion.
Vespers
Ant. Amen dico vobis quia non
Cant. Magnificat
1f LU1080

MV965
AR576
D/E
Amen, I say unto you, this generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled; * heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away, saith the Lord.



Mode Final Tenor examples M F T
 1  D A serious Kyrie XI, Jesu dulcis, Ave maris stella, Gaudeamus, Inclina, Veni Sancte Spiritus, Dies irae 1A A E
 2  D F sad/content Dominus dixit, Qui habitat, Jerusalem (surge), Vir erat, De profundis, Justus (ut palma) 2A A C
 3  E C mystic Pange lingua, Exsurge, Eripe me, Omnia, Gaudens, Dignus, Benedicite 3A A F
 4  E A harmonious Credo I, Creator alme siderum, Resurrexi, Laetentur, Confirma, Various Alleluias 4B B E
 5  F C glad Credo III, Adoro te, Salve Regina, Attende Domine, Cogitationes, Tribulationes, Timebunt 5C C G
 6  F A devout Ave verum, Ave Regina, Regina caeli, Ubi caritas, In splendoribus, Pascha nostrum, Requiem 6C C E
 7  G D angelic Asperges, Hosanna, Oculi mei, Factus est repente, Ecce panis, Signum, In paradisum
 8  G C perfect Ad te levavi, Veni Creator, O salutaris Hostia, Introibo, Jubilate Deo, Pater, Lux aeterna



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