Academic journal article The Hymn

Hymn Tune Introits: Singing the Sundays of the Liturgical Year

Academic journal article The Hymn

Hymn Tune Introits: Singing the Sundays of the Liturgical Year

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Hymn Tune Introits: Singing the Sundays of the Liturgical Year KATHLEEN PLUTH. FRANKLIN PARK, IL: WLP, 2015. ISBN 978-158459-809-1. 39 PAGES. $4.95.

In this small volume, Kathleen Pluth addresses the need for singing the entrance chant of the Latin Rite Catholic Mass and develops an annual cycle of this chant set to familiar hymn tunes. This project was born when Pluth made a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and took note of how the choir sang the entrance chant. The Introit antiphon of the day was written in the French vernacular and printed under the notes of a hymn tune. The congregation sang the antiphon, while the choir and cantor sang the verses of the psalm between the repetitions of the antiphon.

The introits are taken from the entrance antiphons found in the 2011 English translation of The Roman Missal. Pluth has paraphrased the antiphons, using 8.8.8.8. meter. To illustrate this, below is the opening to the entrance antiphon for the First Sunday of Advent from The Roman Missal followed by Pluth's paraphrase:

To you, I lift up my soul, O my God.

To you, O God, I lift my soul.

In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame.

I trust in you; save me from shame.

Pluth suggests the tune, Creator Alme Siderum. …

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