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Contemporary Liturgical Song in Catholic Monasteries

13.10.2009 - (idw) University of Gothenburg

Can Gregorian chant still be heard in monasteries? How do monks and nuns feel about the music? What ideological factors have shaped liturgical song, especially the Gregorian chant? How are the songs conveyed in the monasteries? In her dissertation 'The Word Became Song. Liturgical Song in Catholic Monasteries 2005-2007', musicologist Karin Strinnholm Lagergren, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, studies musical praxis and associated conceptions in Catholic monasteries in the early 21st century. While a great deal has been written about Gregorian chant from a historical perspective, Strinnholm Lagergren's study is the first to describe this and other types of liturgical music in present-day monasteries. The Second Vatican Council in 1962-65 opened up for a greater degree of musical diversity in Catholic liturgy- a decision which clearly influenced today's Catholic liturgy. To complete her study, Strinnholm Lagergren visited more than 20 Benedictine, Carmelite, Bridgettine, Cistercian and Dominican monasteries in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Great Britain, France and Italy. One of the most important findings is that Gregorian chant in Latin is an important part of liturgical music performed in many monasteries, but that monasteries where liturgical repertory consists exclusively of Gregorian chant in Latin make up a very small minority. Gregorian chant sung in the vernacular language and new compositions (often composed by the respective monasteries' own monks and nuns) are much more common.

The Second Vatican Council has led to tremendously diversified musical repertoires in the Catholic Church - repertoires that are sometimes unique to individual monasteries. As a reaction, a process of so-called Re-gregorianisation started in the early 1990s, meaning that monasteries started to show an interest in returning to Gregorian chant in order to re-connect with their Catholic heritage and Catholic traditions, and to homogenise the Catholic liturgy.

Karin Strinnholm Lagergren is a musicologist, pedagogue and singer with a special interest in medieval music.

Title: Ordet blev sång. Liturgisk sång i katolska kloster 2005-2007
Doctoral disputation October 15
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