The Gaudete Psalter pairs the current translation of the Liturgy of the Hours with melodies based on the timeless chants of Benedictine and Dominican psalters. Distinctive melodic gestures of each antiphon are maintained wherever possible, adapted according to their suitability with the text. *
Verses are provided with accented text, but without any particular pointing. As such, they may be paired with any preferred method of psalm-tone singing.
Some options include:
Dominican Psalm Tones (useful with scores citing AG & AJ, below)
Many other quality collections exist and this list is not meant to be exhaustive. Whichever method is used, the mode should match the Roman numeral provided above the first letter of the antiphon.
(Trailing letters indicate endings for Gregorian/Dominican tones).
The division of stanzas follows that of the Liturgy of the Hours, and can be utilized for antiphonal singing (alternating sides of the choir) if desired.
At the conclusion of verses, a Gloria Patri ("Glory be..." or "Glory to..." depending on translation) should be sung to the psalm tone, followed by a repeat of the antiphon.
The antiphons are presented in Gregorian notation. Rhythmic markings such as the ictus and punctum morae (dot) are not employed, rather the rhythm should be determined by a natural pronunciation of the text and usual rhythmic practices (such as lengthening the last notes of a phrase). Proportional pauses at barlines should be observed - the full bar requiring a full stop, the half bar an inconclusive break, and the quarter bar only a slight (if any) hesitation.
Asterisks within the text indicate where the choir is to join in singing the antiphon after the cantor's intonation.
(These asterisks are unrelated to those found after some Latin incipits, explained below). Melodies based on Dominican sources do not observe their practice of using a double barline instead of the asterisk.
Citations & Abbreviations
The following sources were referenced during composition. Their abbreviations and page numbers appear to the upper right of antiphon melodies.
AG -Antiphonarium Sacri Ordinis Prædicatorum pro Diurnis Horis (Gillet)
AJ - Antiphonarium juxta Ritum Sacri Ordinis Prædicatorum (Jandel)
AM - Antiphonale Monasticum (1934)
AR II - Antiphonale Romanum II
AV - Antiphonale Vaticanum
CAO - Corpus Antiphonalium Officii
KN - Klosterneuburg: Augustiner Chorherrenstift Bibliothek
LU - Liber Usualis
OHS - Officium Hebdomadæ Sanctæ
PM - Psalterium Monasticum
VM - Rituale Vestitionum et Professionum in Monasteriis Congregationis S. Petri de Solesmis
* An asterisk follows the Latin incipit in cases where the English antiphon in The Liturgy of the Hours differs significantly from the Latin antiphon of the Ordo Cantus Officii (1983).
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