Music of the Sarum Office.
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go to our new site . . . sarum-chant.ca.
Sarum Liturgy of the Western Church developed through the
period 1066-1558, and was used throughout much of Britain and parts of
North-Western Europe. Sources for this Use exist in a considerable number
of manuscripts as well as a large number of printed editions dating from the
late 15th and early 16th centuries. Under the rule
of Elizabeth I, the Sarum Use was finally abolished
and replaced (in England) by the Book of
Common Prayer. In the past two decades, Nick Sandon
has published the greater part of the music of the Sarum
mass in a fine series of editions published by Antico
Music. The Gregorian Institute of
Canada has now begun the publication of the Music of the Sarum Office, containing the full text and music of all
the services of the office for all Sundays, Week-days, Feasts and Fasts of the
Year and Saints Days. This edition, comprising approximately 5000 pages
of text and music, will in the first instance be published serially in PDF
format. Each installment, which will contain approximately 250 pages of
the edition, will be reviewed for content and accuracy by an Advisory Board
before publication. Publication began in January 2006.
New installments are published every six months.
2010 we embarked upon a new venture, an English Edition of the Music
of the Sarum Office. The language will
conform to that of the Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bible.
The English Edition will be available in two formats, Scholarly and
Performing. The Scholarly Edition will be essentially a faithful English
Rendering of the Latin Edition. The Performing Edition will facilitate
performance by streamlining the rubrics, and by adapting the material where
necessary. We hope to begin publishing these editions in the latter part
Gregorian Institute of Canada, affiliated with McMaster University School of the Arts is
grateful to have the support of two Advisory Boards which comprise scholars and
musicians of international reputation:
For the Latin Edition
Dr. Terence Bailey, Professor Emeritus, University of
Director of CANTUS chant database.
Professor of Music, Columbia University, Musical Director of
Dr. Giles Bryant, Past President, the
Gregorian Association of Canada,
Organist Emeritus of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto,
and St. James’ Cathedral, Toronto.
Margot Fassler, Professor of Music, Director of the Institute
for Sacred Music, Yale University.
Bryan Gillingham, Professor of Music, Director,
Institute of Medieval Music, Carleton University.
Helene La Rue,
Director, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University.
Rev. Aidan Keller, St. John Cassian Press. (2008-).
Atlanta GA. (2008-)
For the English
Edition (from 2010-)
Anthony Chadwick, Anglican Catholic Chaplaincy of Saint Mary the Virgin, Normandy, France
Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston (retired)
Director, International Centre for Sacred Music Studies, Bangor University, North Wales
LaRue, K.M., S.T.M., M.S., Philadelphia, PA
William Mahrt, Professor of Music, Stanford University
Boniface Ramsey, O.P. Saint Joseph’s, Yorkville, NYC.
Rev. Canon Robert J. Wright, St. Mark’s Professor
of Ecclesiastical History, General Theological Seminary, NYC.
Dr William Renwick
Professor of Music, McMaster University