Liber Brevior (Latin Mass Chant Book) (Red-Edged Pages)
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Liber Brevior (Latin Mass Chant Book) (Red-Edged Pages)

Product Code: 9780980208474
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In 1954, Desclee and the Gregorian Institute of America published a wonderful book called the Liber Brevior. This book is essentially the exact same as the Liber Usualis (used by priests, monks, sisters and seminarians) except that it had been shortened from around two thousand pages to eight hundred. You could say it is the laymans Liber. The Liber Brevior is perfect for all small choirs that are forming today because it contains almost all the Gregorian Chant they will ever need without the addition of the Divine Office. Also, there are two sets of Graduals, Alleluias, and Tracts--the full-length Gregorian propers AND simpler psalm tone versions(of the same music).


It includes: a complete Kyriale, propers for all Sundays, all Major Feasts and votive Masses, Sunday Compline and Vespers, the music for the Mass of Confirmation and the Requiem Mass(along with the burial service). Additional chants are included in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, the Virgin Mary, and more (i.e. a few Gregorian hymns for Benediction). Special chants for the liturgical seasons are included as well. The Liber Brevior contains almost every Gregorian Chant piece the normal church choir will need.


All rubrics are in English. The rules and guidelines for singing Gregorian Chant are in the front of the book with clear, concise explanations and pictures of all the information and direction you need to start singing Gregorian Chant (even if you don't know what a note is). Small choirs will be pleased to see that the Liber Brevior includes easier psalm tone settings for Graduals, Alleluias and Tracts in an appendix in the back of the book. Only this edition of Liber Brevior includes the Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Joseph the Worker, and St. Pius X.


Black with red edges and ribbons. High quality "Bible Paper." This is the real thing!


 
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1955 Solesmes Psalmodies ;-)
(FRANCE) | October 31st, 2022
At just 2.3cm thick, with large print, strong black ink, stitched, minimal bleed paper, light in the hand this is easily the cantor's dream to the propers. The feature I bought this for is the 1955 officially approved easier propers (not mode 8) which are separared at the back. To be honest, these are also available in the Goupil Gradual vol 1 and 2 spiral A4s print on demand from LuLu, and the advantage for newbies is Goupil reproduces the full introit with gloria and adds the even shorter mode 8 for each mass ;-). This little model retains the "Euouae" guide from the Liber at the end of the Introit. So, for my regular parish I will continue to use Goupil in the choir loft as there is a stand for the A4 spiral bounds. However, when travelling, or if singing in another church this replaces the Vesperal or Liber Usualis hands down!! This little gem will be my standard in a few years when more at ease. I recommend singers start with Goupil - room to transcribe the notes for each mode from recordings - with the aim of moving onto this as they become more proficient. Grab a copy while you can: this was out of print for generations.

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