About Chanted Liturgy

Almost anything in a liturgical service can be chanted. I have heard everything except the sermon and the announcements either sung or chanted. This suits me just fine. Didn’t Saint Augustine of Hippo say, “To sing is to pray twice”?

I know there are some very musically talented people who can chant beautifully from a bare text (maybe with some notations penciled in above the words), but many of us are not so musically talented. That is where sheet music for liturgical chant can be valuable. I know that having sheet music before me gives me the courage to chant the liturgy, while when I do not have sheet music before me, I tend to not “chance it.”

Below I will be sharing Gregorian chant settings of a number of elements of Anglican liturgy, including the Exultet according to the 1979 Book of Common Prayer (U.S.) text and the chant music in The Altar Book (though I present it in Gregorian notation rather than modern).

Some of this sheet music is the correct size (after trimming) to be inserted in a chancel-size copy of The Book of Common Prayer. Others (like Eucharistic Prayers A, B, and D for Through-Singing) are 8 x 11 inches in size, use large type and Gregorian notation, and are designed to be inserted into a loose-leaf Altar Book.

    

 

I have provided large print, Gregorian notation sheet music for the already printed Eucharistic Prayers 1-3 in Enriching Our Worship 1. I have also provided my own settings (in large-print, Gregorian notation) of the "A Celtic Eucharistic Prayer," the "A Eucharistic Prayer inspired by an original text," and the "Wisdom Eucharistic Prayer" --all of which were used at the CAROA (Conference of Anglican Religious Orders in the Americas) meeting held in April 2012 at the Mother House of Community of the Transfiguration in Cincinnati. 

About Through-Singing the Eucharistic Prayer
Historians of liturgy tell us that long ago it was not just the Sursum corda and the Conclusion of the Great Thanksgiving that were chanted by the priest. The entire prayer, from start to finish, was chanted. A through-setting of Prayer C has long been available in the organist’s edition of the Hymnal 1982, and these settings of mine are meant to do the same for Prayers A and B.

I have now also posted my revised through-setting (in Gregorian notation) of Eucharistic Prayer D in Mozarabic chant. This difficult-to-sing setting is only for the most vocally able and ambitious. My voice is no longer what it once was, but I have nevertheless recorded an mp3 of me chanting the After Sanctus part of Prayer D in Mozarabic chant. Perhaps the recording will be some help toward learning my Mozarabic setting.

--Bill Gartig

   

 

Added July 4, 2013
Wisdom Eucharistic Prayer Preface (Solemn)
       Wisdom Eucharistic Prayer (post-Sanctus)

Added June 29, 2013
Eucharistic Prayer Inspired by an Original Text - Preface (Simple Tone, INCLUDING sursum corda)
Eucharistic Prayer Inspired by an Original Text - Preface (Simple Tone, WITHOUT sursum corda)
Eucharistic Prayer Inspired by an Original Text (post-Sanctus)

Added June 4, 2013
Eucharistic Prayer 1 Preface (Solemn Tone)
(from Enriching Our Worship 1)

Added May 17, 2013
Eucharistic Prayer 1 Preface (Simple Tone) (from Enriching Our Worship 1)
Eucharistic Prayer 2 Preface (Solemn Tone)
(from Enriching Our Worship 1)
Eucharistic Prayer 2 Preface (Simple Tone)
(from Enriching Our Worship 1)

Added April 15, 2013
   Eucharistic Prayer 3 Preface (Simple Tone)
(from Enriching Our Worship 1) (VERY large print)

Added January 26, 2013:
Anglican Church of Australia Liturgical Materials
Eucharistic Prayer 3 - Preface (Solemn Tone)
Eucharistic Prayer 3 - Preface (Simple Tone)
Eucharistic Prayer 3 - Preface (Common Worship Style)

Eucharistic Prayer 4 - Preface (Solemn Tone)
Eucharistic Prayer 4 - Preface (Simple Tone)
Eucharistic Prayer 4 - Preface (Common Worship Style)

Added January 7, 2013
Anglican Church of Australia Liturgical Materials
Eucharistic Prayer 2 - Preface (Solemn Tone)
Eucharistic Prayer 2 - Preface (Simple Tone)
Eucharistic Prayer 2 - Preface (Common Worship Style)

Added December 9, 2012:
Holy Baptism: The Thanksgiving over the Water (Solemn Tone)

(American 1979 BCP) -- corrected
(2 pages)

Added June 23, 2012
      Proper Prefaces for the Lord's Day (Solemn Tone)
(from the Anglican Church of Canada's Book of Alternative Services) (2 pages)

Added May 29, 2011:
Bilingual (Spanish-English) Eucharistic Prayer 3 (from Enriching Our Worship 1)
(does not include Sursum corda) (Spanish Preface set to Simple Tone) (4 pages)

Added May 22, 2011
Nuptial Blessing (BCP 1979) (3 pages)
Nuptial Blessing (Consultation of Common Texts) (2 pages)

Added April 16, 2011
Palm Sunday Collect before the Palm Gospel
Palm Sunday Station Collect
Palm Sunday Collect of the Day

Added March 28, 2011
                     The Exultet (mp3 file in the Key of F)
(5m39s, 3,979 KB@96kbps) (recorded Mar. 28, 2011)
                     (This recording is pitched lower, in the Key of F. It begins C, D-F, F, E, F, G, F, E, D, E-F, D.)

Added March 17, 2011
Eucharistic Prayer D - Sursum corda and Mozarabic Preface (corrected Mar. 17, 2011)
(This is exactly what is in the BCP, only in large-print Gregorian notation.)

Added March 12, 2011
The Great Litany
(6 pages, large print, Gregorian notation, revised 12-Mar-2011)
The Great Litany (8-page version, large print, Gregorian notation 12-Mar-2011)

Added February 23, 2011:
Eucharistic Prayer II (Rite One) (from after the Sanctus to the end, according to the Simple Preface Tone) (Beta version, suggestions welcomed)

 

For a good place on the web for resources about Gregorian chant, including how to read the traditional, square note Gregorian notation used in most of my settings, try www.gregorian-chant.info.
 
Blessings
   Blessings (Longer & Shorter Forms) (Gregorian notation)
   4-Part Advent Blessing (Gregorian 6 in wide x 8.25 in tall)
   4-Part Christmas Blessing (Gregorian 6 in wide x 8.5 in tall)
   Short Epiphany Blessing (Gregorian 6 in wide x 8.5 in tall)
   4-Part Epiphany Blessing (Gregorian 6 in wide x 8.25 in tall)
   Short Easter Blessing (Gregorian notation 5.5 x 8.5 in)
   Short Easter Blessing & Dismissals (Gregorian notation)
   4-Part Easter Blessing (Modern notation)
   4-Part Pentecost Blessing (Gregorian 6 in wide x 8.25 in tall)
   Short Pentecost Blessing (Modern notation 5.5 x 8.5 in)
   Short Trinity Blessing (Modern notation 5.5 x 8.5 in)
   English Blessings Booklet (only words, no music; requires one  8 x 11 sheet of paper) - pages 4 & 1
   English Blessings Booklet (only words, no music; requires one  8 x 11 sheet of paper) - pages 2 & 3
   Seasonal Blessings Booklet (only words, no music; requires two 8 x 11 sheets of paper) - Outer Sheet
   Seasonal Blessings Booklet (only words, no music; requires two 8 x 11 sheets of paper) - Inner Sheet
   Nuptial Blessings
      The Blessing of the Marriage (BCP 1979 Nuptial Blessing) (three 8 x 11-inch pages, Gregorian notation)
      Prayer of Blessing over the Couple (from the Consultation on Common Texts Wedding service) (2 pages)
 
Holy Baptism: The Thanksgiving over the Water (Solemn Tone) (2 pages)
 
Lessons from Lamentations for Tenebrae (according to the American Book of Occasional Services)
    Lesson 1 (Lam 1:1-5) (Gregorian notation) (2 pages)
    Lesson 2 (Lam. 1:6-9) (Gregorian notation) (2 pages)
    Lesson 3 (Lam. 1:10:14) (Gregorian notation) (2 pages)
    I am not a musicologist and was not even a music major in college, so I'm sure someone who has a better
    musical background than me will find much that is wrong about the above Gregorian settings. I would
    appreciate help improving the sheet music notation, if anyone more musical would contact me and teach
    me how to do it better. --Bill Gartig
These settings all use the Tone of Silos, used on Track 2 of the CD Gregorian Chant: Liturgy for Good Friday by the Gregorian Choir of Paris, Francois Polgar, Choirmaster (Musical Heritage Society 11206H [dated 1987]). I am making that recording (an mp3 that is 4 minutes, 8 seconds in length and was recorded at 128 kps) available here. The language is Latin, not English, but you can hear the tune. You can, of course, sing in any key, but to play along with the the recording, make the first notes A, C, and D.
    mp3 of me singing Lesson 1 (4m26s @ 64 kbps) (Again, the singing is poor, but try to look beyond that.)
 
The Exultet The Exultet (Gregorian notation, large print) (6 pages)
                     The Exultet (mp3 audio file) (5m41s, 2,669 KB @ 64 kbps) (recorded Spring, 2010.)
                     The Exultet (mp3 file in the Key of F) (5m39s, 3,979 KB @ 96 kbps) (recorded Mar. 28, 2011)
                     (This recording is pitched lower, in the Key of F. It begins C, D-F, F, E, F, G, F, E, D, E-F, D.)
 
Dismissals
   Dismissals (Gregorian notation)
 
Eucharistic Prayers for Through-Singing
   Eucharistic Prayer I (Rite One)
   Eucharistic Prayer II (Rite One) (Beta version, suggestions welcomed--posted Feb. 23, 2011)
   Eucharistic Prayer A (chanted throughout, Simple Tone) (Gregorian notation) (REPOSTED 23-Aug-2009)
   Eucharistic Prayer B (chanted throughout, Simple Tone) (Gregorian notation)
   Eucharistic Prayer D (chanted throughout, Mozarabic Chant, Gregorian notation, large print)
      Mozarabic Sursum corda and Preface (2 pages, that is, front and back of one 8.5 x 11-inch sheet)
            (exactly what is the The Altar Book, only in Gregorian notation)
      After Sanctus to the End (10 pages, that is, five 8.5- x 11-inch pages printed on front and back)
          Mp3 Audio of the After Sanctus (8 minutes, 33 seconds at 64 kbs)
   Bilingual (Spanish-English) Eucharistic Prayer 3 (from Enriching Our Worship 1)
            (does not include Sursum corda) (Spanish Preface set to Simple Tone) (4 pages)
 
 
Prefaces for Eucharistic Prayers
   Enriching Our Worship 1 - Eucharistic Prayer 1 Preface (Solemn Tone) (2 pages)
   Enriching Our Worship 1 - Eucharistic Prayer 2 Preface ("male and  female" version) (Solemn Tone) (2 pages)
   Enriching Our Worship 1 - Eucharistic Prayer 2 Preface (WITHOUT "male and  female") (Solemn Tone)
   Eucharistic Prayer 3 Preface (Solemn Tone) (from Enriching Our Worship 1) -- corrected Sept. 25, 2010
   Eucharistic Prayer 3 Preface (Simple Tone) (from Enriching Our Worship 1) (more successful, I think)
   Eucharistic Prayer 3 Preface (Simple Tone) (from Enriching Our Worship 1) (VERY large print)
   Enriching Our Worship 1 - Concluding Doxologies for Eucharistic Prayers 1-3 (large print)
   Celtic Eucharistic Prayer Preface (Solemn Tone) (large print)
       Celtic Eucharistic Prayer (post-Sanctus) (large print)
   Eucharistic Prayer Inspired by an Original Text - Preface (Simple Tone, INCLUDING sursum corda)
       Eucharistic Prayer Inspired by an Original Text - Preface (Simple Tone, WITHOUT sursum corda)
       Eucharistic Prayer Inspired by an Original Text (post-Sanctus)
   Wisdom Eucharistic Prayer Preface (Solemn)
       Wisdom Eucharistic Prayer (post-Sanctus)
 
 
   Kenyan Eucharistic Prayer (from Our Modern Services of the Anglican Church of Kenya) - Preface (Solemn
      Tone) (2 pages) (used during Lent at the Church of Our Saviour, Cincinnati, Ohio)

Anglican Church of Canada Book of Alternative Services    

      Proper Prefaces for the Lord's Day (Solemn Tone) (2 pages)
   Anglican Church of Australia Liturgical Materials
      Eucharistic Prayer 2 - Preface (Solemn Tone)
      Eucharistic Prayer 2 - Preface (Simple Tone)
      Eucharistic Prayer 2 - Preface (Common Worship Style)
 
 
Bruce Ford on Setting Texts to the Solemn Preface Tone
In 1995 I composed a solemn setting of the American Eucharistic Prayer B and sent it to Bruce Ford, one of the leading Anglican composers of church music. He very kindly sang through my work, noting places where there were problems, and then wrote me a detailed letter explaining both his remarks and the structure of the Solemn Tone. He also sent a one-page analysis of the Solemn Preface Tone. I am here posting Bruce Ford’s letter, his analysis, and my attempt at a solemn setting of Eucharistic Prayer B with his notations. I think these are excellent and clear enough for a non-musician like me to understand them. (I am amazed that Mr. Ford took the time to look at my materials and to give me such a well-considered response.) Others considering setting text using the Solemn Preface Tone should find these things of interest.
    Bruce Ford's Nov. 1, 1995 letter about setting Texts to the Solemn Preface Tone
    Bruce Ford's analysis of the Solemn Preface Tone
    My attempt at a Solemn setting of Eucharistic Prayer B with Bruce Ford's notations
 
The Great Litany
   The Great Litany (Gregorian notation, 6 pages, large print--My first attempt.)
   The Great Litany (6 pages, large print, Gregorian notation, revised 12-Mar-2011)
   The Great Litany (8-page version, large print, Gregorian notation 12-Mar-2011)
 
Prayers of the People
   Prayers of the People Form V (Tone B) (revised July 24, 2009)
 
Collects of the Day (Contemporary) [These are meant to be printed and then trimmed to fit into a BCP.]
    Advent 1    Advent 2    Advent 3    Advent 4
    Christmas Day #1    Christmas Day #2    Christmas Day #3
    The Epiphany (Jan. 6)    Epiphany 1    Epiphany Last 
    Palm/Passion Sunday
    Easter Day #1    Easter Day #2    Easter Day #3
    Ascension Day #1    Ascension Day #2
    Pentecost Day #1    Pentecost Day #2
    Trinity Sunday
    Proper 29 (Christ the King)