Gregorian Chant: Victimae paschali laudes

Victimae Paschali is the Sequence for Easter Sunday and is one of only four that survived the Council of Trent and other reforms. It’s variously attributed Robert II of France (tenth century), Notker Balbulus (tenth century), and Wipo of Burgundy (eleventh century). For textual reasons I think that Balbulus is the most of the three…

What is the Kyriale?

I’m quite often asked what the Kyriale is. – The answer is very simple it’s a collection of eighteen Gregorian chant settings of the Mass together with six Credos and a few other chants. All of these Mass settings as well as being worthwhile listening to in their own right have been used again and…

Ubi Caritas

The text of Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est (Where charity and love are, God is there) was originally composed in France towards the end of the 10th century probably around 975 AD 1 The melody is far older it may date from as early as the fourth century and had spread throughout western…