One of my favorite tunes in By Flowing Waters is the Sanctus “in the Ambrosian style,” #609. It is just wonderful. Paul Ford told me the original is #46 in the Graduale Simplex. I would prefer using this chant over the Sanctus in the missal. I don’t know that I can convince my parish musicians to sing plainsong. They were, as a group, decidedly unimpressed with the “official” chants. This piece, I thought, was way superior.
It brings to mind a thought I’ve been having about new music for the new translation. I wonder if we’re going to enter a new age of balkanization–that parish to parish we’ll see a large variety of different Mass settings. Settings that would be, for the first few to several years, unfamiliar to neighboring parishes.
To offer my contribution to the b-ization, I’ve reset GS46 with the new text. I also picked up a few notes and set the three acclamations for the Mystery of Faith: