Ask IPA Source: “The Requiem Mass – Complete Text” and “The Ordinary of the Mass – Complete Text compared

An IPA Source customer asks: What is the difference between “The Requiem Mass – Complete Text” and “The Ordinary of the Mass – Complete Text“? Is one of them more extensive than the other? Bard answers: The Ordinary is the invariable part of the Mass such as the Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei are part… Read More

Which Latin?

This post by Bruce Tammen originally appeared on the Chicago Chorale blog here and is republished with the author’s permission. The “which Latin?” issue rears its head, relative to the Mahler 8 first movement (Veni, Creator Spiritus). When I was in college, this issue did not exist, at least in Iowa: we pronounced the language… Read More

Perfect for voice – 8 arias as set by Camille Saint-Saëns

Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (10/9/1835 – 12/16/1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. He was also a poet and playwright. In his younger years, he was enthusiastic for music of the modern day, including Schumann, Wagner, and Liszt. However, he remained a traditionalist committed to musical structures by earlier French composers.… Read More

34 Art Songs, as set by Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875) was a French composer and pianist during the Romantic Era. Bizet is best known for his final work, Carmen, which is one of the most popular and frequently performed operas of all time. Listen to the audio archives on Georges Bizet’s work at the Library of Congress here.… Read More