The Antiphonale Romanum II is an eight-hundred-page book printed on bible paper having the usual format of books of Gregorian Chant published by Solesmes. It contains all the elements necessary for singing Sunday Vespers and the Vespers of all the feasts of the year. That means the hymns, the antiphons, the psalms and canticles, the readings, the brief responses, the intercessory prayers and the prayers that conclude the office. At the end of the book is a chapter that explains in detail the rules of chant pertaining to each of these musical forms.
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To submit news, send e-mail to the contact team. My edition of the new Antiphonale Romanum II arrived via Fedex a few minutes ago - all pages of it. It is absolutely stunning in its production values, and the product of many years of work by the Solesmes monastery.
The monks set out to restore some melodies, adapt the traditional music for the new needs needs of the three-year cycle of readings ,and make possible music for those readings and antiphons that had no previous setting in the older books - and did so by looking at the ancient chant books to recover some lost material and adapt older material. As explained in detail on this MusicaSacred thread, the book provides Vespers for Advent, Nativity to Epiphany with feast days, along with Lent, Passion week, Triduum, and Easter season.
It has a 4-week psalter with hymns, antiphons, pointed psalms, canticles, readings, short responsories, and intercessions. Propers of the Saints. It includes common and solemn tones for common and solemn intonations, tones for sung reading, responsories, intercessions, prayers, concluding rituales. It has an appendix with the pointed Magnificat in all tones, along with alternative hymn tunes for Pange lingua and Vexilla regis. The book comes with an introductory letter from the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments, as translated on the same thread: The 25th anniversary of the typical edition of the Order for Singing the Office commanded to be printed by Holy Father John Paul II on March 25, , which responded through a reordering of chants to the needs of those who carry out the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours in Latin, has already been celebrated.
After that edition, a thorough work has been undertaken of melodical restoration of antiphons, a number of which were restored according to old, forgotten manuscript mediaeval sources.
This dicastery will be in charge of making public law the aforementioned changes and ammendments. Anything to the contrary notwithstanding. Many melodies are restored, but I can't comment on which ones and how. I'm curious about the structural changes but I do not know the details. The notation is entirely reset with some newer older neumes not found in preconciliar chant books.
The ictus is eliminated, which doesn't seem to be much of an issue given the shorter length of antiphons, but I don't think there is any question that the elimination of the episema and the dotted punctum is going to create some confusion for people who are used to singing from existing chant books.
I would like to examine it more in depth, but I have to part with my copy tomorrow to send to William Mahrt, who will be able to explain more.
A special thank you to my Rome benefactor who sent this to me! It will not hurt sales; just the reverse. Very few these days will pay this kind of money for something they can't see. Let people use it online, print the pages, sing Vespers, and then people see the need for the physical copy. I have my doubts, in fact, that this wonderful work will achieve its much-needed circulation without being online. This will also help poor parishes that have no means of buying this book.
I'll make a separate inquiry but if anyone at Solesmes is reading this, please forward the post and let me know.
Again, we can have a gorgeous scan up in a matter of one week or so. Posted Monday, February 08, Writers William Mahrt. Email , Twitter.
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The new volume of the Antiphonale Romanum is now in stock at Solesmes. Apparently the plan has changed. This latest Antiphonale Romanum II is billed as having the hymns and everything else for the office, but only for Vespers on Sundays and feast days. So this book is a vesperale in genre but not in title. Does the title indicate that the Liber Hymnarius will be superseded by the hymns in the new antiphonale?
This project aims to compile a modern Antiphonale Romanum — according to the Ordo Cantus Officii — as I and my friends would pray it. Why is this important? Because the praise the Lord is eminently important. If the prayers raised to God in the Liturgy of the Hours are holy, then the praying should be worthy; morevoer, the chant of the Church, which is "Specially suited to Roman liturgy" Sacrosanctum Concilium and holds a prime place in the "treasure of inestimable value" SC that is sacred music, is the vehicle par excellence by which the Church lifts its praises to the Almighty. I think in particular of the importance of Gregorian chant. Little by little, bit by bit, I hope to assemble this book and use it for my prayer of the Divine Office. Based on Ordo Cantus Officii , I draw the antiphons from:.