On Sunday, March 5th at 5 pm, The Church of the Holy Name will celebrate the the first Sunday of Lent with a Traditional Latin Mass.
"[This CD] is mesmerizing. I've heard it through, I think 3 times already. There are bits that really make me sit up and say 'Wow', like track 13. The main impression is of being taken back in time hundreds of years with really amazing voices, to a meditative place. I love it. Thank you so much."
The sisters of the Visitation Monastery in Brooklyn had their first TLM since the early seventies on Monday, August 21st. This magnificent monastery was founded in 1855 and whose original founders are St. Francis De Sales and St. Jane De Chantal. Music for the Mass was the Gregorian chant propers and motets of David Adam Smith.
"The motets are so imaginative, rich and vivid in expression!
It is radiant music." -John Chesnut
"[The] motets are extraordinary! I've loved late Medieval/early Renaissance music ever since a grad class in musicology, and David's motets rank with the greatest. There's something visceral--and very satisfying--about his resolution of dissonances into resonance of the open intervals (octaves, 5ths, 4ths) and the reverberations in the church.
'You suggested listening to numbers 1, 2, 7, and 8 for the season from Advent to Epiphany, but of course I couldn't stop once I had heard the first one. I listened all the way through. Each motet is expressive on its own, and, taken as a single body of work, they are like little gems set as a gorgeous piece of jewelry." -Nan Shostak
Update: Plans for a collection of Three-Part motets have begun, with more than two dozen already completed. There will be more than 30 motets, many of them based on Gregorian Chant and/or the Church's great choral tradition. They continue the style and goal of the Two-Part motets by providing music inspired from the past for today's many scholas and church choirs.
All of the two-part Mass Settings are now available from the website (click 'Shop' menu above. The Two-Voice Mass is offered for either Tenor/Bass or Soprano. Just as with the Two-Part Motets acid free , 100% cotton heavyweight paper has been used for long lasting use and durability.