Le Troisieme Livre d'orgue de Nicolas Lebègue

Nicolas Lebègue

1631 – 1702


Click to read about Nicolas Lebègue in Wikipedia.

December 23, 2007:

The Roman Catholic Low Mass, until the Second Vatican Council, was in general read quietly by the priest with responses made only by the altar server.  The congregation might follow along in a hand missal or with private devotions like the rosary.  In the German Singmesse the congregation would sing hymns appropriate to the parts of the Mass.  During the baroque period in France, it was common for the organ to play background music.  The organ could, as well, alternate with a cantor who would sing parts of a Mass setting.  This Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral, in the manner of the French baroque organ Mass, Patrick Wedd will perform on the organ Nicolas  Lebègue’s Messe des festes solemnelles, alternating with Cantor Normand Richard who will chant verses from the plainsong setting, Missa XII Pater cuncta.


At Communion, Patrick will perform Lebègue, Trio a l’élevation. (L’élevation refers to the raising of the Bread and the Cup in the Roman rite after the words of institution have been said.) . . .


The French organ Mass is said to have reached its climax in François Couperin, Messe des paroisses pour les festes solemnelles.  Click to see and hear Michel Chapuis perform the Benedictus on the Riepp organ of the collegiate church of Notre-Dame in Dole.


For excerpts from Couperin’s other organ Mass, Messe des couvents de religieux et religiouses, click to see and hear Nuno Oliviera perform on the Flentrop organ of the Sé Patriarcal (cathedral) of Lisbon.  Click for the Offertoire sur les grands jeux.