In 1954, Desclee and the Gregorian Institute of America published a book called the Liber Brevior. This book is essentially the exact same as the Liber Usualis (used by the clergy) except that it has been shortened from around two thousand pages to eight hundred. It is perfect for most individuals and small choirs as it contains the most commonly used Gregorian Chant (it does not include the Divine Office). Also, there are two sets of Graduals, Alleluias, and Tracts–the full-length Gregorian propers and simpler psalm tone versions (of the same music).
In addition, the Liber Brevior includes a complete Kyriale, propers for all Sundays, major feasts, votive Masses, Sunday vespers and compline, the music for the Mass of Confirmation and the Requiem Mass (along with the burial service). Additional chants (such as those which honor the Blessed Sacrament, the Virgin Mary, and specific liturgical seasons) are also included.
All rubrics are in English. The rules and guidelines for singing Gregorian Chant are in the front of the book with clear, concise explanations and pictures of all the information and direction you need to start singing Gregorian Chant (even if you don’t know what a note is). Small choirs will be pleased to see that the Liber Brevior includes simpler psalm tone settings for Graduals, Alleluias and Tracts in an appendix in the back of the book. Only this edition of the Liber Brevior includes the Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Joseph the Worker, and St. Pius X.
This reprint comes in black hardcover with red edges, high-quality bible paper, and two ribbons. Preserving Christian Publications 7 1/2″ x 5″ x 1″, 766 pp.
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