Cistercian Chants for the Feast of the Visitation

Cistercian Chants for the Feast of the Visitation

Commentary by D. Martin Jenni, Performed by The University of Iowa Cantores

ISBN: 9780879079802, CV012
Details: 24 pgs , 6 x 9
Publication Date: 06/01/2006


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The Feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth was introduced in the fifteenth century and gradually found its way on to the Cistercian Calendar, where the chants took on a distinctively cistercian 'accent.' Most of its musical composition dates from the late 1400s, though the office as sung here represents a somewhat later stage of its development in the Order. This performance by the University of Iowa Cantores of cistercian chants for the Office of Vigils of the Visitation (31 May) was recorded in the Chapter Room of the Abbey of Our Lady of New Melleray in Iowa.

Chant Listing

  • Bells of New Melleray Abbey [0:37]
  • Invitatory Antiphon and Psalm [11:28]
  • Hymn [2:40]
  • Responsory One [2:23]
  • Responsory Two [1:55]
  • Responsory Three [2:27]
  • Responsory Four [2:48]
  • Responsory Five [3:08]
  • Responsory Six [2:17]
  • Responsory Seven [2:48]
  • Responsory Eight [5:57]
  • Antiphon and First Canticle [3:06]
  • Responsory Nine [1:37]
  • Responsory Ten [2:26]
  • Responsory Eleven [2:28]
  • Responsory Twelve [3:55]
  • The Bells of the Community of New Melleray [1:05]
D. Martin Jenni joined the music faculty at the University of Iowa in 1968, chairing the Composition and Theory Area from 1989-1997. Jenni holds a doctorate in composition from Stanford University and the A.M. in medieval studies from the University of Chicago. At Iowa, Jenni began courses in the study of chant and formed the Cantores, an ongoing chant choir comprised chiefly of graduate students.