There is a Preface to the Liber Usualis. The Introduction and Rubrics given in the Preface tell the interested choir members how to read and sing Gregorian Chant. This book is a must for any person wanting to sing for the Tridentine Latin Mass. Printed in Latin only in black text throughout, all of the Gregorian chant notation contains the important rhythmic signs developed by the Benedictines of Solesmes during their lengthy chant reform ordered and sanctioned by the popes in the early 20th century.
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For over two decades, Preserving Christian Publications aka, PCP has been rendering a great service to the Church by resurrecting many important—and even necessary—out-of-print publications for the traditional Roman Rite see a list after this review.
Having previously worked for PCP as a reprint manager , I can personally attest to their commitment to produce books not only of good quality, but also of usability and durability. And their newest offering, the Liber Usualis, is no exception!
Since that time, many Americans have desired to see the Liber Usualis version for the United States to be reprinted, since often they cannot read all of the Latin texts. Some readers might be wondering what is the Liber Usualis? As the title describes, this book contains the chants for the various Masses of the Roman Missal i. The Liber also features the texts of the Mass Ordinary, so it can double as a lay missal for schola members or even the laity who like to follow the chants of the Mass propers.
The Liber Usualis was produced by the Belgium company of Desclee, Printers to the Apostolic See and the Sacred Congregation of Rites, and the long-time publishing arm of the Solesmes monks—whose interpretation of Gregorian chant was prescribed by Pope St. Pius X to be used throughout the Roman Rite. It should be noted that the Liber is actually not a liturgical book, but rather a compilation of materials from the official chant books of the Roman Rite, such as the Graduale Romanum, the Kyriale, and Cantorinus.
Thus the Liber Usualis is a book of convenience since it omits the need to use several books during the sung divine services in a typical parish situation. The first striking feature about the Liber Usualis is its compact size. Inserted into the binding are six satin ribbons of good length: two of gold, and one of green, red, violet, and blue. The pages are of a cream-colored bible paper traditionally used in liturgical printings such as breviaries, rituals and you guess it, Libers.
In giving the finishing touches to their Liber Usualis, PCP gold-embossed the front cover and spine in an elegant manuscript font, and applied red ink to the page edges, a classic treatment given to smaller books by liturgical printers.
Firstly, there are the texts printed in English, namely, the instructional and rubrical matters. It should be noted that the prayers, readings and chants are only in Latin—so a lay missal will need to be consulted for the English translations. Secondly, in addition to the propers found in the universal Latin-only edition, the Liber Usualis supplies an appendix providing the Proper Feasts observed in the United States and a note concerning some changes made to the American liturgical calendar e.
Francis Xavier Cabrini from December 22 to November In concluding this review, I would like to express my gratitude to Preserving Christian Publications for investing their substantial time, effort and money into reproducing the Latin-English Liber Usualis for the Roman Missal and Breviary—and kudos for another fine publication! Other liturgical items offered by Preserving Christian Publications:.
1962 Liber Usualis
Jump to navigation Jump to search Incipit of the standard Gregorian chant setting of the Asperges , from the Liber Usualis. The Liber Usualis is a book of commonly used Gregorian chants in the Catholic tradition, compiled by the monks of the Abbey of Solesmes in France. According to Willi Apel , the chants in the Liber Usualis originated in the 11th century. The "usual book" or "common book" also contains chants for specific rituals, such as baptisms, weddings, funerals, ordinations, and benediction.
1963 Liber Usualis
1961 Solesmes “Liber Usualis” Online (Free PDF)