"La parola si fa suono": 10th International Conference of Gregorian Chant in Switzerland

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Lugano, Switzerland (Wednesday, 09/16/2015, Gaudium Press) Liturgy and music have a strong unifying bond. This was stated in the Constitution “Sacrosanctum Concilium” on Sacred Liturgy, saying that sacred music “will be as holy as closer it is from the liturgy”.

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The International Association for the Study of Gregorian Chant aims to
promote ancient Gregorian Chant / Photo: Hans Splinter.

In this frame the 10th International Conference of Gregorian Chant took place in Lugano, Switzerland, from the 8 to the 12 September, 2015. The event was organized by the International Association for the Study of Gregorian Chant (AISCGre).

Tribute was given to Luigi Agustoni on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his death. Agustoni was a pastor in Orselina, Switzerland, and he was a professor of liturgy and Gregorian chant. He is considered one of the pioneers of modern research and Gregorian liturgical reform of the twentieth century.

The event, titled of “The Word made sound. The principles of Gregorian composition”, started on Tuesday evening, September 8, feast of the Nativity of Mary, with a solemn celebration of the Eucharist. The program included several contributions on the life and work of Luigi Agustoni, with some lectures as: “Agustoni, a lower of Grogorian Chant” and “Agustoni, a composer in the light of Vatican II.”

Other Topics were: “Changing the textual sources of the composition of the ‘Proprium Missae'”, “The patristic exegesis, as a source for the Gregorian composition,” and “The pronunciation of the Latin language in the Gregorian chant from the eighth century to the tenth century”.

In addition to lectures and discussions sessions, the participants could appreciate an exhibition of rare books and attend concerts held in the Church of St Anthony.

Source: aiscgre.it and .kongreg2015.eu.

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