Chants from the Abbey of Jouques

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The Communion Antiphon below is a song of jubilation expressing the continuous joy of Easter. It comes from Psalm 95 and is a cry of overflowing, indescribable joy. Sing to the Lord! (Cantate Domino… Cantate Domino). The melody strongly marks the urgency of the announcement of salvation (bene nuntiate salutare ejus). The first two sentences are mostly melismatic, especially on ‘Domino’, without many leaps. In contrast, the climactic central section at ‘bene nuntiate’ – ‘announce the Gospel’ – jumps out from the placid introduction, resounding loudly and lingering on the phrase that constitutes the fundamental mission of Christianity.