Alma Redemptoris Mater, solemn tone

December 12, 2012

Last week when I posted the music for the Advent compline antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater, Osbert pointed out that the same text has a solemn setting that is, in his words, “one of my favourite melodies in the entire plainchant repertory”. He has good reason to think so. I believe that this is the setting he was talking about:

Today being a great feast of Our Lady, I can hardly imagine a better day to start learning it.

2 Responses to “Alma Redemptoris Mater, solemn tone”

  1. Osbert Parsley Says:

    Indeed, this is it! The video is a bit confusing because the musical notation on the screen (from the Liber Usualis) does not always match the notes that the monks are actually singing. I think the Benedictines have their own liturgical books different from the secular Roman use, which would explain this discrepancy.

  2. cburrell Says:

    Yes, I noticed the discrepancy too, but I could not find a better example that included both sound and score.

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