Happy Saint Cecilia's Day!

Another grey foggy morning here, very little more light now that 0400 it seems-- although there is. Holy Mass for the feast at Saint-Eugène was properly splendid but there were issues with the transmission. The streaming of the chaplet of Our Lady's Seven Sorrows is supposed to happen at 0745 before Vespers at 0845 so we shall soon see if the usually excellent streaming is back to normal.

Our Handel for Saint Cecilia's Day.

Klassikaraadio is livestreaming, in its 'Concert Hall' program at 0900, a memorial concert in memory of Krzysztof Penderecki, including the Agnus Dei from his Polish Requiem, Concerto grosso no 1 for three cellos and orchestra, and Piano Concerto Resurrection. Andres Mustonen will conduct the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Orchestra (the names of the soloists are in the linked KR page). So far as I can tell (this means 'on the Wikipedia page' for Polish Requiem) the Agnus Dei is sung by a choir without the orchestra so am not quite sure who is doing this singing today. Perhaps I've missed something in the Estonian, which is of course entirely possible. 

Off I go for Terce and perhaps breakfast. Benjamin Britten's Hymn to Saint Cecilia op 27.


There is a podcast (the series is called Square Notes, produced by the Church Music Association of America) posted on the New Liturgical Movement last year, the first part of which includes Dr Gregory DiPippo discussing Saint Cecilia's feast. I don't myself regularly 'do' podcasts but I made an exception here... for the first five minutes. And perhaps I shall again: the current program's guest is Sir James MacMillan and I see that a conversation with Dr Henri Adam de Villiers, magister of the Schola Sainte Cécile of Saint-Eugène in Paris, upcoming.

Square Notes is not the CMAA but New Liturgical Movement is? I was simply wrong about Square Notes affiliation but when did NLM become a site of the CMAA? I hope recently and that this isn't something that I've missed for, oh, five years. Dr Kwasnieski informs me that this happened when the NLM founder Dr Tribe went on to begin Liturgical Arts Journal back in 2013-- so it's escaped my notice for seven years, eh. 


Breakfast at last. There are troubles in the household, alas, between the landlady and the other tenant. I've been listening to him whilst preparing the ingredients for and cooking my omelette, dragging that process out for almost an hour. Missed, in consequence, most of Benediction after Vespers and the first part of the Tallinn concert. I returned here just in time for Pendercki's Resurrection concerto. It is a work I want to listen to again.

The Neumz people have sent links to the first antiphon and Psalm from the Benedictine Lauds (which is also first in the Roman Office, too) for the feast of Saint Cecilia and to the Introit of the Mass for the feast of Christ the King, which in the Novus Ordo is celebrated today, the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Perhaps the Jouques nuns say the Office of Saint Cecilia but the Mass sung was of Christ the King; who knows. 

In the Tridentine Office of 1570, today was the XXIVa et ultima Dominica post Pentecosten with a commemoration of Saint Cecilia. By 1910, it had become the feast of Saint Cecilia with a commemoration of the Dominica post Pentecosten. After Pius X's liturgical innovations ordered in Divino afflatu (1911) and still after Pius XII's liturgical innovations in 1955 today is the last Sunday again with a commemoration of Saint Cecilia. After John XXIII's liturgical innovations in 1960, it remained the Sunday but the commemoration of Saint Cecilia was eliminated. In other words, in the liturgical world of the Novus Ordo Saint Cecilia's feast isn't celebrated at all this year. 



Holy Mass from Saint-Eugène.


In the Bollettino today, we are informed that Mons Marcos Pavan has been appointed director of the Pontificia Cappella Musicale, i.e. the Sistine Choir. I cannot recall the last director's name but I believe he was the idiot who involved the Cappella Sistina in 'New York Fashion Week' last year or the year before. Let's hope that Mons Pavan's good counsel was ignored in that nonsense. 


This is Mozart's arrangment of the final number of Handel's Ode for Saint Cecilia's Day, 'As from the Powers of sacred Lays'.