2010 pages, 7.25" x 5.25" x 2" thick, handsomely hardbound in black cloth with gold-embossing on the spine, has red page edgings, 7 multi-colored ribbons, and sewn binding.
Customers also love the LIBER BREVIOR which has the same chant as the Liber Usualis, but not the prayers and readings of Mass.
The Liber Usualis is a must for any choir or schola member wanting to sing the Gregorian Chant of the Traditional Latin Mass. It has the complete Latin settings of Gregorian Chant for every Mass of the year (Sundays, Solemnities, Commons and Feasts). It also has the complete music for Nuptial Masses, Requiem Masses, Holy Week, and Ordination. Additionally it provides much of the Gregorian Chant to be sung in Latin for the Divine Office (Vespers, Compline, etc.), as well as many other traditional Latin chants and hymns (Litanies, Benediction, etc.) There is a Preface to the Liber Usualis. The Introduction and Rubrics given in the Preface tell the interested choir members how to read and sing Gregorian Chant. As the Introduction and Rubrics are given in Latin, we provide a PDF of the Introduction and Rubrics in English. This book is a must for any person wanting to sing for the Tridentine Latin Mass.
Printed in Latin (only) in black text throughout, all of the Gregorian chant notation contains the important rhythmic signs developed by the Benedictines of Solesmes during their lengthy chant reform (ordered and sanctioned by the popes) in the early 20th century.
We are happy to offer the Liber Usualis for $150.00 (USD), plus shipping and handling charges.
The Liber (as it is commonly called) is first and foremost a practical combination of the various official liturgical-musical books of the Roman Rite (e.g., Kyriale, Graduale Romanum, Cantorinus, Officium Hebdomodae Sanctae Instauratus) used for both chanting the various parts of the Divine Office and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
It also contains a wealth of ancient Latin hymns, ad libitum Kyriale modes, litanies and even the Ordo Missae (the Ordinary, Prefaces and Canon of the Mass) allowing it to be used in place of a daily missal during Mass.
The Liber further explains the names of the various components of Gregorian chant, the method for properly rendering it according to the Solesmes method (ordered by the Holy See to be followed by all who use the Roman Rite), how to chant the Lessons, Epistles and Gospels, a universal 1962 Roman calendar, a section on general rubrics for applying the calendar and classification system (according to the 1960 reform) in addition featuring important particular rubrical notes as necessary (e.g., for the ceremonies of Ash Wednesday), a general index as well as alphabetical indexes for the various parts of the propers, antiphons, psalms (even a numerical index for these), canticles, and hymns, and much more!