Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Something Interesting

At schola practice tonight my dad (who is the schola director) talked about the cross that is made in the music when we sing the Credo. I haven't heard about this before. I don't know if you have either, so that's why i decided to share it with you. What it is, is when we sing the Credo III (Mass setting) we come to the line, "Crucifixus et-i-am pro no-bis", the "Crucifixus" is sung in the pattern of a cross. beginning at one point, going up, then down, then back to the original point. You can see this below:


Or, more easily seen here:

This is why being Catholic is SO awesome! I also heard a story about Bach, who would play his "name" in his music. Since back then there was a note called "H" which would be, today, a B natural. A "B" back then was a Bflat. Which means that Bach was able to play "B,A,C,H" notes. While he played his music using the crucifixus patern that I talked about above, he would be playing his name in the other hand. Meaning that we all have to bear our own cross/ that Bach was carrying his cross. Cool huh?! I find that stuff fascinating. =D

3 comments:

Joe S.R. said...

Gregorian chant is cool like that. If you have access to a Roam Gradual, look at the chants for the Ascension and see how the music really goes up at the word "Ascendit".

dad said...

Joe,
The riches of text painting are abundant in chant! The more you look for them, the more you will find. Be mindful especially of words that imply direction or movement (flowing, running, ascend, descend) or words such as sepultus or ressurexit. Bach used formulae to paint words such as passio and crucifixus- you can "hear" the nails being driven!
Very cool stuff indeed!!

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