Immaculate Conception — Graduale chants

Graduale: Immaculate Conception (8 December)


These are the revised versions of the chants originally composed for the 1864 Dominican Supplementum ad Cantus Missarum by Fr. Pie Bernard, o.p., later revised by Bernard himself for the 1890 Graduale O.P.

A recording based on an earlier version of my edition of the chants may be found on Ave Maria: Dominicana Chant for the Immaculate Conceptionreleased in 2014 by Dominicana Records.



Third Sunday of Advent (Gradual)

Graduale: Third Sunday of Advent

The two gradual/responsorium chants are quite different in this edition than in the Suarez book, with respect to text underlay and some other issues, following the manuscripts. In the Officium I have kept the traditional Dominican verse, also from Phil 4, rather than the psalm verse given in the Graduale Romanum.


Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Christ the King

Here are the booklets for this Sunday, the Last Sunday in Ordinary Time:

Gradual booklet: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Vespers booklet: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Year ABC)

The gradual chants are all modern, so I have not compared them against any manuscripts, but have proof-read them with the 1950 Graduale.

The Vespers chants are partially from the Antiphonale Romanum and partially from the Antiphonarium O.P. I have decided to start marking the sources more explicitly. In the Graduale project I’ve been indicating [GR] in the text source area only when they are from the Graduale Romanum, given that the preponderance of chants are from the Graduale O.P.; in the case of the Vespers, given the structure of the new rite, the numbers from the AR and OP traditions will be about equal, so perhaps it is better to indicate both.

Melodic and textual variations in «Liberasti nos»

While working on the Gradual chants for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, I noticed that the Suarez Graduale presents an unusually heavily edited version for the responsorium Liberasti nos:



Compare that to the two manuscripts I’m primarily working with:

Rome, Santa Sabina, XIV L1, fol. 348vb:


London, British Library, mss. add. 23935, fol. 414rb:




The Suarez edition presents different neumes on “LibeRAsti” (the original manuscript version of which happens to match what’s in the Graduale Romanum) and “afFLIgentibus.” The melisma on “Deo” in the verse is quite different. Finally, Suarez gives the final part of the verse as “et in nomine tuo confitebimur in saecula” (and in your name we will give praise forever) whereas the manuscripts provide “et nomini tuo confitebimur in saecula” (and to your name we will give praise forever). I expect that the 19th/20th century editors of what’s presented in the Suarez edition had to conform the text to what was in the corresponding missals, but it is difficult to tell why the melody was altered so significantly.

Here is my draft edition of this chant: