Saturday, 1 April 2017

New approved tone for the Traditional Latin Mass

Today, we received news that the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei released on 12 March 2017, the traditional feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great (for those places where the feast is a first class, it was transferred to the next day), a decree, hitherto unannounced, about some additions to the tones used in the Mass, on account of new developments in the praxis of certain of communities. Based on how the chant setting looks, the decision appears to have taken into account the difficulties of the current approved tones in the Missal, the musical training of the celebrant, and the closeness of the ancient solemn tone to the hearts and ears of the faithful. One can argue that it is an application of the dictum that we can never change the way a monastery chants.

Below, we reproduce the text of the decree.

CONGREGATIO PRO DOCTRINA FIDEI
PONTIFICIA COMMISSIO « ECCLESIA DEI »
Prot. No.: 04/2017/L
DECRETUM
Recentioribus musicae sacrae disciplinarum progressibus intervenientibus, quos provisiones tum in Litteris Apostolicis a Summo Pontifice emerito Benedicto XVI Motu proprio « Summorum Pontificum » diei VII mensis iulii MMVII datis constabilitae, cum in Instructione ad easdem Litteras Apostolicas praedictas exsequendas a Pontificia Commissione Ecclesia Dei « Universae Ecclesiae » die XXX mensis aprilis MMXI edita enodatae, non praevidebant, attenta, cuius in Epistola ad Episcopos ad producendas Litteras Apostolicas supra memoratas ab ipso Benedicto XVI exarata mentio fit, actuanda « locupletatione mutua », quae inter extraordinariam Ritus Romani et ordinariam formas exstare debet, quaeque novos per novam praxin modos cantandi tam excogitatos quam excogitandos haudquaquam excludat,
haec Pontificia Commissio Ecclesia Dei,
modulationem tonum sollemnem prolixiorem facientem,
quae exstat in exemplari ad calcem huius Decreti exarato,
uti tonum specialem ad versicula responsaque elata voce enuntianda ab omnibus forma extraordinaria Ritus Romani utentibus habendum esse declarat, ac in omnibus Missis in cantu litandis adhibendum esse praecipit, atque decernit ut in posterum praedictus tonus sub titulo « tonus boplex » in futuris editionibus sit continendus, et in praesentibus sit inserendus.
Contrariis non obstantibus quibuscumque.
Ex aedibus Pontificiae Commissionis Ecclesia Dei
in festo S. Gregorii I Papae et Confessoris
die XXII martii anno Domini MMXVII

Gerhardus Card. Müller
Praeses
L + S

+ Vido Pozzo
a Secretis

The new approved boplex tone is below:


We expect to hear this tone more often in Masses, especially in the Philippines.

Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

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