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Square Notes: The Sacred Music Podcast
34 minutes | 7 days ago
SE03 EP12 – Saint Juan de Ribera, Devotion to the Eucharist, and the Importance of Prayer in Liturgical and Musical Renewal – with James Monti
We look to a great Spanish saint for inspiration in his holy life, devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament, and his care for the sacred liturgy and its accompanying sacred arts. St. Juan de Ribera (1532–1611) is an inspiring example of establishing foundations which take seriously the role of beauty in cultivating worship in the faithful, and inspiring them to love Christ in all they do, and especially in the Eucharist. Join us for this conversation with James Monti, a true devotee of this great saint, as we look for inspiration in prayer and patronage of the sacred arts. Articles about St. Juan de Ribera: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.14315/arg-2004-0108/html https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/articulo?codigo=4541898 Books about St. Juan de Ribera: https://www.google.com/books/edition/El_B_Juan_de_Ribera_y_el_R_Colegio_de_Co/FmkAAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=0 https://www.google.com/books/edition/Vida_del_beato_Juan_de_Ribera/eFmn2xPm3OUC?hl=en&gbpv=0 Writings of St. Juan de Ribera: https://www.google.com/books/edition/Constituciones_de_la_Capilla_del_Colegio/9gJcQwAACAAJ?hl=en Learn more about summer sacred music study at St. Joseph's Seminary: https://www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes
42 minutes | 9 days ago
SE03 EP11 – The Origins of Gregorian Chant: The Roman Schola Cantorum and Old Roman Chant – with Dr. Joseph Dyer
Eminent chant scholar, Dr. Joseph Dyer, explains the Roman origins of Gregorian chant, the role of the Roman Schola Cantorum in the development of Roman chant, and what happened to that chant once it interacted with Franco-Gallican chant to become Gregorian chant. Join us for an episode which brings clarity to a complex history, and helps us better understand the roots of our Catholic sacred music traditions. Follow Dr. Dyer's work at: https://um-boston.academia.edu/JosephDyer Learn more about the summer sacred music study at St. Joseph's Seminary at: https://www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes
50 minutes | 23 days ago
SE03 EP10 – Sergei Rachmaninoff and the Sounds of Russian Orthodoxy – with Dr. Richard Fountain
We venture east in this episode for a look at Russian Orthodox music that impacted the life and compositions of Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943). Dr. Richard Fountain, professor of piano at Wayland Baptist University and convert to Eastern Orthodoxy, shares with us some of his insights into Rachmaninoff's piano works and his compositions for the Divine Liturgy. Visit Dr. Fountain's webpage here: https://richardfountainpianist.com View the complete video of Russian bell ringing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbn_Fzcxw3o
51 minutes | 23 days ago
SE03 EP09 - Liturgical Changes in Tudor England: Thomas Tallis’ Stable Position – with Dr. Kerry McCarthy
Join us for a guided tour through the liturgical changes of Reformation-era England through the lens of the composer Thomas Tallis. Our guest, Dr. Kerry McCarthy, offers a look at the challenges these times posed for musicians, for Catholics, and for the modern scholar studying them today. Buy Dr. McCarthy's book here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/tallis-9780190635213?cc=us&lang=en& Learn more about summer classes at St. Joseph's Seminary here: https://www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes
42 minutes | a month ago
SE03 EP08 – Pius X School of Liturgical Music: A Snapshot of Sacred Music Education in America – with Dr. Francis Brancaleone
What was sacred music in America like in the mid-20th century? Dr. Francis Brancaleone, former head of the department of music at Manhattanville College, shares with us his experience as a boy being educated in the Palestrina Institute of Liturgical Music in Detroit, and his research in the history of the remarkable Pius X School of Liturgical Music at Manhattanville College in New York. Read more from Dom Guéranger's Liturgical Year here: http://www.liturgialatina.org/lityear/ Subscribe to the CMAA's journal Sacred Music here: https://musicasacra.com/about-cmaa/membership/ Access the archives of Sacred Music here: https://musicasacra.com/journal/archives/ Access previous installments of Dr. Brancaleone's Chronicle of the Pius X School here: https://media.musicasacra.com/publications/sacredmusic/pdf/sm146-1.pdf https://media.musicasacra.com/publications/sacredmusic/pdf/sm145-1.pdf https://media.musicasacra.com/publications/sacredmusic/pdf/sm139-2.pdf Find out more about summer sacred music study at St. Joseph's Seminary here: https://www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes
47 minutes | a month ago
SE03 EP07 - Modality in Gregorian Chant - with Dr. William Mahrt
Do some aspects of the meaning in Gregorian chant seem difficult to understand? Join us as we take a look an approach to understanding the chant through understanding the music theory it's built on. Our guest today is Dr. William Mahrt of Stanford University. A few handouts for this episode are available here: https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Table-of-Modes.pdf https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Modes.pdf https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Archetypal-Melodies.pdf Check out the brochure for the summer sacred music classes at St. Joseph's Seminary: https://www.dunwoodie.edu/documents/2021/3/Summer-2021-Brochure%2018Mar2021.pdf
44 minutes | 5 months ago
SE03 EP06 – Dominican Chant – with Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P.
Join us for our Christmas special, highlighting chants of the Christmas midnight Mass with Dominican rite and chant expert, Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. Innocent Smith, O.P., is a doctoral student in Liturgical Studies at the Universität Regensburg and is an associate member of DFG Research Group Metropolität in der Vormoderne. His research interests are at the intersection of liturgy and theology, including liturgical manuscripts, scholastic theology, ecclesiology, and sacred music. He is a Roman Catholic priest and a member of Province of St. Joseph of the Order of Preachers. He is presently assigned to the Priory of St. Kajetan in Munich, Germany, where he assists at the Theatinerkirche.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
SE03 EP05 – Swimming the Thames and the Tiber – with Dr. Jay Hershberger
Dr. Jay Hershberger joins us to share the story of his conversion to the Catholic faith by way of the Anglo-catholic tradition. We also discuss his work in developing the sacred music program at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Fargo, North Dakota. Learn more about Dr. Hershberger here: https://www.concordiacollege.edu/directories/faculty-staff/details/dr-jay-a-hershberger/ View Dr. Hershberger's YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/jayhershberger Listen to our season 2 interview with Dr. Hershberger which paints a Catholic portrait of Franz Liszt: https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/se02-ep15-a-catholic-portrait-of-abbe-franz-liszt-with-dr-jay-hershberger
39 minutes | 5 months ago
SE03 EP04 – Music of the Ordinariate – with Fr. James Bradley
Fr. James Bradley, J.C.D., an Assistant Professor of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America and priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, joins us to discuss his musical upbringing in the church of England and his conversion to Catholicism. Possessing a masterful knowledge of canon law, the sacred liturgy, and sacred music, he shares his thoughts about musical gems from the Anglican patrimony in the life of the Ordinariate, as well as their use in the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of the Roman rite. Fr. Bradley's faculty webpage is available here: https://canonlaw.catholic.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-profiles/bradley-james-rev/index.html More information about the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter is available here: https://ordinariate.net Information about the Spring 2021 class "State Persecution of the Church in Modernity: An Historical Study through the Lenses of Source Documents and Film" co-taught with Dr. Jacek Nowicki at St. Joseph's Seminary is available here: https://jenniferdonelson.com/classes
43 minutes | 5 months ago
SE03 EP03 – Motets – with Dr. Aaron James
What is a motet? Where did this musical genre come from? What has the word "motet" meant throughout history? What can motets of the past teach us about incorporating non-obligatory texts into the sacred liturgy? How can the music and texts of motets make the other texts of the Mass, especially those of the lectionary, come to life? We explore these questions with Dr. Aaron James, the Director of Music for the Toronto Oratory of St Philip Neri, serving the music program at Holy Family Church in Toronto. He’s a graduate of the Eastman school of music, earning there both the PhD in musicology and a DMA in organ performance. He shares helpful scholarly insights which help illuminate the path for music directors as they make repertory choices. Too, we hear some recordings produced by the singers in his excellent parish music program. The Oratory's YouTube channel is available at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRRUmJAW2o_nh74VB3ijYxQ The website for the music program of the oratory is: https://oratory-toronto.org/holy-family-parish/choirs/
45 minutes | 6 months ago
SE03 EP02 - Growing up Catholic in China and Musical Life in the Church in China – with His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen
A brave man and heroic witness for the freedom and rights of the Church in China and Hong Kong, His Eminence, Joseph Cardinal Zen, joins us for a discussion about music while growing up in Shanghai, in his formation as a Salesian, and in seminaries in China.
45 minutes | 8 months ago
SE03 EP01 – Sanctity, Beauty, and Universality in Modern Sacred Music – with Sir James MacMillan
One of the most prominent composers of our time, Sir James MacMillan has written for concert hall and stage as well as for the Church. A devoted Catholic, Sir James joins us for the opening of season three to discuss transcendence, beauty, spirituality, and universality in music, particularly focusing on the ability of music to speak to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Check out Boosey & Hawkes' website for more information about Sir James and his works: https://www.boosey.com/composer/James+MacMillan.
19 minutes | 10 months ago
SE02 EP20 – Lectio Divina and Biblical Exegesis of Gregorian Chants for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost – with Dom Mark Kirby, OSB
Listen in on a sermon given last summer at Silverstream Priory in County Meath, Ireland, by the founding prior of the priory, Dom Mark Kirby, OSB, a priest-monk and musician. Check out the Priory's website at https://www.cenacleosb.org. As we conclude season 2, we'd like to thank you for listening! Please consider taking a moment to rate us on iTunes and leave us a review, as doing so helps others find out about the podcast.
23 minutes | 10 months ago
SE02 EP18 – 7000+ Hours of Gregorian Chant – Behind the Scenes at the Neumz Project – with John Anderson & Alberto Díaz-Blanco
The largest recording project in history is coming to life in an excellent new app for sacred musicians and those wishing to learn to pray and sing Gregorian chant in the Mass and Divine Office. In this episode we dive into the story of the monastery, the singing of the nuns at Notre Dame de Fidélité in Jouques, France, their sister monastery in Bénin, and the exciting new Neumz project with two of the main figures behind the project, John Anderson and Alberto Díaz-Blanco. Check out Neumz at their website: https://neumz.com Correction for this episode: while Andy Bloomfield spent time in the abbey of Fontgombault, it was his brother Benjamin that developed the GABC chant tools.
33 minutes | 10 months ago
SE02 EP19 – Where Do I Start? A Pastoral Plan for Changing a Parish Music Program - with Dr. Mary Jane Ballou
Is there an opportunity for improvement in your parish music program? Has there been a change in personnel, circumstances, or resources that makes growth possible? Perhaps the COVID-19 pandemic has presented possibilities for progress. Maybe you are looking at how to introduce the proper chants into a parish Mass, improve the hymnody used, or build the choral program. How does one make changes in a prudent and positive manner? Dr. Mary Jane Ballou joins us to discuss these and related questions. Dr. Ballou is Music Director at an Ordinariate parish in formation in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to conducting and performing, Dr. Ballou is a regular contributor to the Sacred Music journal of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA) on the practical aspects of choir/schola training and management, and is a member of the CMAA’s group blog, The Chant Café. Dr. Mary Jane Ballou's Website Sacred Music Journal Chant Cafe Blog
26 minutes | a year ago
SE02 EP17 – Sacred Music as a Vital Part of Parish Life and Fellowship – Roundtable with Mary Ann Carr Wilson, Charles Cole, and Fr. Robert Pasley
In our first roundtable discussion on sacred music we talk with experienced church musicians and CMAA chaplain, Fr. Robert Pasley, about fostering community in parish life through building up sacred music programs. Charles Cole's Website: https://charlescole.com Mary Ann Carr Wilson's Website: http://www.maryanncarr.com/index.html Church Music Association of America's Website: https://musicasacra.com
33 minutes | a year ago
Bonus Episode 5 – Introduction to the Organ for Pianists – with Dr. Crista Miller
Learn some tips and tricks to orient yourself along the journey from pianist-only, to organist-as-well. Dr. Crista Miller, Director of Music and Cathedral Organist at the Co-cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, discusses differences in technique between the two instruments, learning to pedal, figuring out registration, and some great beginning repertoire. For more information about her summer 2020 online class at St. Joseph's Seminary, click here: https://jenniferdonelson.com/classes To register, click here: https://www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes For the list of repertoire Dr. Miller recommends, click here: https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Practical-Beginning-Repertoire-Collections-for-Organists.pdf For more information about Dr. Miller, check out her bio here: https://www.sacredhearthouston.org/dr-crista-miller-1 The co-cathedral's YouTube page is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4N4fjBNP595MgpsgIiqWQw Or on SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/user-545548420 Dr. Crista Miller's personal SoundCloud page has some great recordings and interviews she's given: https://soundcloud.com/cordenuit8
18 minutes | a year ago
Bonus Episode 4 – 40+ (Mostly Free) Resources for Making Excellent Sacred Music in a Time of Restrictions
Are you a music director looking for ideas about what to do whilst there are restrictions on sacred music put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Check out this episode. It's not for the casual listener, and we don't go into any virology or epidemiology, but for the music director in search of music to sing and play when faced with limitations, we hope you'll find this helpful. For a link to all the resources mentioned in the episode and more, click here: https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/resources
35 minutes | a year ago
BONUS Episode 3 – The Top 5 Misconceptions about Music at Mass (Part I: nos. 1 and 2) – with Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka
What are the top five things that people don't understand when it comes to sacred music? In this first part of a two-part episode, we take time to give a substantive response to what many Catholics might not know or don't get right about music for the sacred liturgy. We look at liturgical and philosophical principles that have been fleshed out through the centuries as the Church has guided musicians in building up the treasury of sacred music, and spend some time on insights from Church documents. For more information about the Summer 2020 online class taught by Dr. Donelson-Nowicka at St. Joseph's Seminary, "Principles of Sacred Music," click here: https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/upcoming-events. To register, or for an FAQ about sacred music study at Dunwoodie, click here: https://www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes.
29 minutes | a year ago
SE02 EP16 – “Lord, Teach Us to Pray:” The Spiritual Fruits of Obedience in Matters Liturgical – with Dom Alcuin Reid, OSB
On this episode, we discuss matters of liturgical formation, both for musicians, as well as for those we serve. Dom Alcuin Reid is the founding Prior of the Monastère Saint-Benoît in the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France, and a liturgical scholar of international renown. His principle work, The Organic Development of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2005) carries a preface by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Dom Alcuin's Address at the 2019 Sacred Music Colloquium is available here: https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Reid-Article.pdf Monastère Saint-Benoît website: https://www.msb-lgf.org/ Monastère Saint-Benoît Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Monastere-Saint-Benoit-816333008482594/
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