Tag Archive: music

A little Lenten music

God of mercy and compassion …

This song praises the Lord …

A timely – and slightly amusing – post over at Ibo et Non Redibo following conversation about liturgical music at breakfast this morning …!


Singing the Entrance Chant

Here’s a useful resource for those who want to sing the Entrance Chant, as given in the missal:



A bit late …

… but happy Feast Day to all church musicians!  The Feast of St Cecilia was celebrated on Nov 22nd.

I was interested in this post at Whispers in the Loggia about the organ that is in the Crystal Cathedral, which the Catholic Diocese of Orange is hoping to buy (the building, that is, including the organ).  It looks and sounds like an amazing instrument!

I also second the concluding comment at the end of that post.  Whatever were the Germans thinking?  It sounds like music that you’d hear in a lobby or an elevator.  The look on the Holy Father’s face as he sits is worth a caption!

Here’s to all those dedicated church musicians out there, and here’s to having worthy music that lifts our minds and hearts to the Lord.



The Notre Dame Cathedral Choirs and the University of Ottawa Choir, under the direction of Michel Guimont

This afternoon I went to the cathedral for a concert presented by the cathedral choirs and the University of Ottawa choir.  It was beautiful.  In the first segment they performed works by Victoria (Ave Maria), Britten (Hymn to the Virgin), Whitacre (Her Sacred Spirit Soars), and Vaughan Williams (Lord, Thou Hast Been our Refuge).

Following an intermission, Jennifer Loveless, the cathedral organist, played parts of Rheinberger’s Sonata No 18 in A Major, Op. 188.  The choirs then sang Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae.

It’s great to hear beautiful and inspiring music that lifts the soul to God.

Jennifer Loveless plays the organ every weekend at Notre Dame, so the music at the cathedral is always a treat: she always plays interesting preludes and postludes, not to mention that she makes the organ ‘sing.’  Notre Dame isn’t very large, so the organ sounds particularly powerful, especially when so skillfully played, and often you can ‘feel’ the organ music in the floor – I love it!   I don’t hear the choirs so often, unfortunately, as I usually celebrate the evening Masses which have organ and cantor.  I did find a video on youtube of Jennifer playing the Notre Dame organ … this is the sort of thing I enjoy each weekend!


The sanctuary of Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, Ottawa

In the beautiful setting of Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, Ottawa, the Cathedral choirs and the University of Ottawa Choir will present works for double choirs by Victoria, Britten, Whitacre, Vaughan Williams and the Rheinberger-Cantus Missae.

Today, Sunday 13 November 2011, at 3pm.

Suggested admission is $20.