Guiding Principles for New Antiphonale Romanum
This survey was created to collect the thoughts of the readers of the Chant Café/Musica Sacra Forum on the publication of a new Antiphonale Romanum for the Ordinary Form following the Ordo Cantus Officii MMXV.
The Antiphonale Romanum will include all of the music for all of the Office in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite according to the Ordo Cantus Officii MMXV. All texts will be provided as well, with the exception of the readings for the Office of Readings as most communities have lectionaries for those (in either Latin or in their vernacular language). A proposed fourth volume of the Antiphonale Romanum will be a Liber Responsorialis for the Office of Readings, providing responsoria prolixa for the privileged seasons, Feasts of Saints, and the Common of Saints and responsoria to common tones (from the Vatican Liber Nocturnalis for the Tempus per Annum/Ordinary Time).
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1. Verses omitted from the Psalms in the Liturgia Horarum:
Should they be included in brackets (like in Les Heures Grégoriennes put together by the Communauté de Saint Martin)?
Or, should they be omitted?
2. Melodic restitution:
Should melodies be taken from the latest Solesmes books (Antiphonale Romanum II 2009, Antiphonale Monasticum 2005-2007)?
Or should melodies be compared to the oldest manuscripts and restored (e.g. Antiphonale Monasticum 2010 from Praglia)?
3. Melodic restitution (continued):
If melodies are restored, should one manuscript tradition be followed (e.g. Wc, Fo2, Lc, Ka, Zw, T1, T2, Bv19, Bv21, etc.)?
Or should several manuscript traditions be consulted, with an eye to restoring the melody presented in Hartker (c.f. Antiphonale Synopticum of the University of Regensburg)?
4. Hartkerian Notation:
Should Hartkerian notation (NABC) included with the Gregorian notation (cf. the Graduale Novum)?
Or should the Gregorian notation reflect (graphically) the Hartkerian notation with the Hartkerian notation itself (which is very time consuming to transcribe)?
Or should the Hartkerian notation be omitted entirely?
5. Neo-Gregorian antiphons:
Should Neo-Gregorian antiphons (new words set to old melodies) be excluded entirely?
Should a non-Neo-Gregorian antiphon be given 'ad libitum' as an option to replace any Neo-Gregorian antiphons prescribed by the Ordo Cantus Officii?
Or should the Ordo Cantus Officii be followed 'as is' (with Neo-Gregorian antiphons)?
6. Text of Hymns:
Should the Lentini texts given in the Liber Hymnarius be maintained? (modern revisions of the traditional hymns)
Should the ancient versions be restored where possible (like in the Antiphonale Monasticum of Praglia)?
Should the ancient versions be given as a second option 'ad libitum'?
Should Lentini-created texts be replaced entirely by ancient hymns (like in the Antiphonale Monasticum of Praglia)?
7. Hymn Melodies:
Should the melodies provided in the Liber Hymnarius be maintained?
Should alternative melodies (some quite ancient) be provided?
Should alternative/ancient melodies be given as an 'ad libitum' option in addition to the melodies provided in the Liber Hymnarius?
8. Rhythmic Signs
Should rhythmic signs (episemas and mora dots) be provided (following the older Solesmes books)?
Should rhythmic signs be excluded (as in the newer Solesmes books)?
Should a newer system (such as Dr. Edward Schaefer's) be employed to better 'translate' the Hartkerian neumes (using existing neumes like virgas, liquescents, etc.)?
9. Authors of Hymns
Should authors (or attributed authors) of hymns be listed above the hymns?
Or should authors be avoided (like in the Liber Hymnarius)?
10. If authors of hymns are included, which version should be utilized?
Attributions given in the Antiphonale Monasticum Pragliense?
The attributions listed in the new hymn translations by ICEL?
The attributions listed in Te Decet Hymnus (Lentini)?
11. Organization in Volumes:
Should volumes be distinguished temporally (Advent/Christmas [i], Lent/Easter [ii], Ordinary Time [iii]) with the Proper of Saints and Common of Saints included in each volume like most breviaries?
Or should volumes be divided like Les Heures Grégoriennes (Advent/Christmas/Ordinary Time [i], Lent/Easter [ii], Sanctorale [iii])
No preference either way.
12. Office of Readings
The psalms and antiphons for the Office of Readings should be included (excluding the readings and the responsories)?
A separate Nocturnale with the Psalms, Antiphons, and Responsories for the Office of Readings should be produced.
The Office of Readings should be excluded to save space.
13. Office of Readings Responsories
If Office of Readings responsories are included (either in the volumes themselves or in a separate volume), should only responsories existing in music be included (responsoria prolixa), proper responsories for privileged seasons, feasts of saints, and the common of saints, and a series of Ordinary Time responsories (which may or may not correspond well to the readings)?
Should responsories correspond exactly to the Liturgia Horarum and be set to common tones (as in the Vatican Liber Nocturnalis)?
Should prolix responsories be included for privileged seasons, feasts of saints, and the common of saints, and the Liturgia Horarum responsories set to common tones for Ordinary Time when no prolix responsory exists in music?
14. General Thrust of the Project:
Should the Antiphonale reproduce exactly/follow to the letter the instructions as given in the Ordo Cantus Officii?
Or should a more critical edition (older texts, authentic melodies included, neo-Gregorian antiphons avoided, etc.) be produced?
I would be willing to pay up to $200 for the completed antiphonale.
I would be willing to pay up to $300 for the completed antiphonale.
16. Editing: Would you be willing to help edit? Do you have any particular skills (knowledge of GABC, knowledge of Hartkerian notation, an eye for typographical mistakes, etc.?)
17. Other comments or suggestions:
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