Issue 128: Plainsong

Since teaching a small church choir the chant for Ubi Caritas, to sing at the Maundy Thursday service this Easter, I have become quite a fan.

Here’s Ubi Caritas, composed somewhere between the fourth and tenth centuries, according to wikipedia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ep3o7g0Yrw

and did I hear them singing Conditor Alme Siderum in Rome last Sunday, at the beatification of the two popes? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOm3hp3XFN8

I think the music has a wonderful, steady, certainty. The simple melody bends and weaves the words into such a graceful line. Even my snakey footer image should feel better after listening to the monks.

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