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Sacred Music Studies
Year 2 - September
Welcome to the first Newsletter of Year 2!

You will learn 12 new hymns this year, and (if you want,) focus on improving your singing and sight-reading skills. You can also continue to learn to read Gregorian chant. 
Month at-a-glance:

Antiphon: Salve Regina

Gregorian chant: Two voice and ear training exercises

Extra Listening for Enjoyment: a setting of Salve Regina by Alexander Agricola

Learn More about Sacred Music: This month and the next two we will learn more about how to sing
 

Read on, and do as little, or as much as you'd like!
Antiphon: Salve Regina

Text and Tune: Bl. Hermann of Reichenau (July 18, 1013 – September 24, 1054)
 
A Few Facts:
 
  • This Marian antiphon was so popular during that Renaissance that several "Salve confraternities" were started as a way for the laity to express devotion to Our Lady.
 
  • The Salve Regina, or Hail Holy Queen, is a prayer used at the end of Compline, the end of the Rosary, and after Low Mass.
 
  • The Salve Regina, with an additional verse and response, was prescribed by Pope Pius X as one of the "Leonine Prayers", or prayers after Low Mass. This practice was suppressed in 1965, but many Masses in the 1962 form still include them. 
 
  • A large portion of St. Alphonsus' book, Glories of Mary, takes each part of the Salve Regina, and defends each phrase of the prayer. 
 
  • There is a partial indulgence attached to the devout recitation of the Salve Regina
 
Simple Tone Gregorian Score
Simple Tone Audio - YouTube
If you are already familiar with the simple tone above, you could choose to learn the solemn tone instead:
Solemn Tone Gregorian Score
Solemn Tone Audio - YouTube

LATIN TEXT:

Salve Regina, mater misericordiae: Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Hevae. Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria!

ENGLISH TRANSLATION: 

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

 
New American Cursive Practice - LATIN
New American Cursive Practice - ENGLISH
(You can build your own copywork pages at WorksheetWorks.com.)
Gregorian Chant

For the next four months, you will take a close look at developing and improving your ability to sing in tune, and to sight-sing. This month, you will learn how to hear a note and reproduce that note - in tune. 

Suggested activities:
  1. Can you learn to sing in tune? YES, you can! Read a one-page article "Why Can't I Sing in Tune?"
  2. Read the Frequently Asked Questions about sight-singing. 
  3. Do the exercises called "Reproduce a Note" (you can give yourself about 2 weeks to try these and practice them)
  4. Do the exercises called "Remember and Reproduce a Note" (another 2 weeks)
 
(Note: I'm planning to start Words with Wings, a 20-week course in Gregorian chant, in January.)
Extra Listening for Enjoyment:
 
  • Salve Regina by Alexander Agricola (length 13:48) I was amazed at the ancient scores this musical ensemble used to produce this wonderful recording. (Much study of the musical rules of the time was required!) And the composition itself is beautiful!
 
 
  • Chant Kyriale (CCWatershed) - did you know there are 18 different Gregorian Mass settings?
 

 
Learn More about Sacred Music:
  • Learn about Chant: Salve Regina - an article by Cecilia Curran, a musical director in the Washington, D.C. area. Some interesting history and insights. At the end, she gives ideas for teaching the Salve Regina to groups of school children (K-8), (Grades 3-4), and high school.   
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I started a Google+ community for these studies. This has great potential for being a place to: 1) discuss the music we are learning each month, and 2) share our learning experiences with others. I think it would be helpful if Q&A, interesting facts found, or other helpful information could be easily seen and discussed by all.  Think of it as an online study and support group. 

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If you are new to Google+,  here's a great tutorial on getting started
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