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"Noël Historique" Notre Dame Cathedral 1948


Since Advent is just around the corner, and with the incident at Notre Dame (and because of my admirance of Saint-Martin) I am posting a video Discipulus just imparted to me of the first televised Tridentine Mass (was only celebrated in Latin before 1969) in 1948 (celebrated by Cardinal Suhard) at Notre Dame Cathedral, before the wreckovations of Vatican II to the Cathedral (which weren't as bad as other churches at the time). It is most probably Léonce de Saint-Martin playing the Grand-Orgue as he was titular at this timesince Vierne's death. Music: Choeurs des petits chanteurs a la croix de bois directed by l'Abbé Maillet.

LINK:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b34ZFxmx7Cs

I believe the music in order goes like this:

0:00 - Notre Dame Bells
0:15 - Entrée
0:40 - Stille Nacht
1:50 - Improvisation on Adeste Fideles
2:28 - Missa IX (Cum Jubilo) - Kyrie
3:00 - Missa IX (Cum Jubilo) - Gloria
3:33 - Improvisation (?)
3:52 - Polyphonic Motet (Regina Caeli)
5:00 - Sung Gospel (Luke 2:13-14)
5:50 - Symphony III - Movement V - Louis Vierne
6:15 - Polyphonic Piece
6:48 - Polyphonic Piece
7:08 - Agnus Dei (Polyphonic) Composer ?
8:15 - Improvisation on Adeste Fideles
8:35 - Il est né le Divin Enfant (Harmonized Variations)
by CC1879
Nov 15, 2019 11:49 AM

Replies (3)

RE: "Noël Historique" Notre Dame Cathedral 1948

CC1879 wrote:

Since Advent is just around the corner, and with the incident at Notre Dame (and because of my admirance of Saint-Martin) I am posting a video Discipulus just imparted to me of the first televised Tridentine Mass (was only celebrated in Latin before 1969) in 1948 (celebrated by Cardinal Suhard) at Notre Dame Cathedral, before the wreckovations of Vatican II to the Cathedral (which weren't as bad as other churches at the time). It is most probably Léonce de Saint-Martin playing the Grand-Orgue as he was titular at this timesince Vierne's death. Music: Choeurs des petits chanteurs a la croix de bois directed by l'Abbé Maillet.

LINK:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b34ZFxmx7Cs

I believe the music in order goes like this:

0:00 - Notre Dame Bells
0:15 - Entrée
0:40 - Stille Nacht
1:50 - Improvisation on Adeste Fideles
2:28 - Missa IX (Cum Jubilo) - Kyrie
3:00 - Missa IX (Cum Jubilo) - Gloria
3:33 - Improvisation (?)
3:52 - Polyphonic Motet (Regina Caeli)
5:00 - Sung Gospel (Luke 2:13-14)
5:50 - Symphony III - Movement V - Louis Vierne
6:15 - Polyphonic Piece
6:48 - Polyphonic Piece
7:08 - Agnus Dei (Polyphonic) Composer ?
8:15 - Improvisation on Adeste Fideles
8:35 - Il est né le Divin Enfant (Harmonized Variations)

Has nothing to do with organ music, at least just a little. And nothing with Hauptwerk.

by FredM
Nov 18, 2019 05:17 AM

RE: "Noël Historique" Notre Dame Cathedral 1948

FredM wrote:

Has nothing to do with organ music, at least just a little. And nothing with Hauptwerk.

Ouch. That hurt. Basically if this wasnt your cup of tea then dont watch it. The tv programme does contain music which was played on an organ. Mention is made to the death of Vierne in 1937, his successor and a piece by the late composer included. Mention is also made that this was the organ that Verne performed at and died at. (See this item https://www.theodysseyonline.com/louis-vierne-most-epic-death-music-history - I also heard this same story ad verbatim from another organist so there must be some credence to the story) I don’t see the problem.

Peace

PS not mycuppa as organised religion etc. But I respect the postees right to post something that may be of interest to others.

by dreece1
Nov 26, 2019 02:10 PM

RE: "Noël Historique" Notre Dame Cathedral 1948

Thanks for posting. Old recordings are what we will have to enjoy of this great organ for many years while repairs are made 1st to the church and then the instruments. Great to hear the Christmas music on this fine instrument in the historic venue. I grew up on the Latin Mass and still sing along with the Latin lyrics on some of the old hymns when I play them in hauptwerk, so it was a nice reminiscence too. Those naysayers who remind us that this is a forum for performances of pipe organ music using hauptwerk are 100% correct; however most people who enjoy listening to organ music probably would find this video interesting, and by posting the times of the musical pieces during the mass, you made it possible for the organ purists to skip the non-musical portions.
by KSByrne
Dec 18, 2019 04:06 AM

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