Tenebrae: Canticle of Zachariah

The melody for the Canticle of Zachariah is more elaborate than the psalm tones, so  I thought it would be easiest to do the antiphon and the canticle in the same post. First the antiphon - here it is in solfege: ...and with the words: For the canticle itself, keep in mind that the cantor... Continue Reading →

Tenebrae: Antiphon Melodies

If you have been attending Vespers, it wont take too long for you to catch on with the Tenebrae service this Good Friday.  The cantor will sing the antiphon (and the first verse of the psalm so that you can hear the melody), followed by the two sides singing the psalm/canticle antiphonally (though be sure... Continue Reading →

History of Solfege

We will be using solfege throughout the course in order to warm up our voices and to become comfortable with the melodies (though probably not as thoroughly as we did on the first day).  With that, you may be interested in learning a little more about the history of solfege.  Here is a fun video... Continue Reading →

Benedictus

Here is the practice material for the Canticle of Zachariah.  A helpful way to remember that jump from "re" to "la" in the second syllable is to think of the Star Wars song - once you have the movement from the low note to the high note in your head, it will be much easier... Continue Reading →

Antiphon melodies

Why do we solfege?  It is the best way for us to both learn each note of the melody with accuracy, as well as strengthen our ability to learn chants in the future. Thus, I provided the melody with the solfege underneath, and then included an audio that you can practice with.  Listen as you... Continue Reading →

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