Neumz is the only complete recording of all Gregorian Chant in the world. More than 7000 hours in an App for iOS and Android
The entire Gregorian chant repertory, recorded by the community of Benedictine nuns of the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fidélité of Jouques, in French Provence.
Each chant is synchronised with its square-note score, the Latin text, and its translation into the user’s language.
Neumz is the first and only complete recording and the first complete digital resource for liturgical materials. The contents of the Psalter, Lectionary, Collectary, Antiphonary, Responsoriary, and Gradual are assembled into a 21st-century multimedia “Liber Digitalis”.
First morning prayer (Ad Matutinum)
Lauds (Ad Laudes)
Minor Hours (Ad Tertiam, Ad Sextam and Ad Nonam)
Vespers (Ad Vesperas)
Compline (Ad Completorium)
All variants of the Ordinary chants
Propers of the three-year Novus Ordo cycle
Neumz presents the Liturgical Calendar in an easy to use, solar calendar. We recalculate the Liturgical Order every year, so you do not have to.
Complete daily audio recordings of the Sisters of Notre-Dame de Fidélité in high fidelity.
Follow along with each chant’s square note score, which scrolls with the music.
Facing page Latin to localised translations, currently available in English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Listen to the chants of the hour
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The complete three year liturgical cycle will be available by the end of 2021. While we finish recording and adding the chants to our database, we are offering Patrons who sign up in 2020 a discounted rate of 6.99 €/month, and Patrons who sign up in 2021 a discounted rate of 7.99 €/month. From 2022 becoming a Patron will cost the full 8.99 €/month. Your subscription price will be locked in place at your signup rate through 2022.
Two-thirds of the revenues from subscriptions will go to the Sisters, to support them and their foundation, Notre Dame de l’Écoute in Benin. If you would like to already begin supporting the project and the Sisters you can become a Patron today, and lock in a special discounted rate for the next two years!
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Neumz is the largest recording project ever undertaken.
From a hill that rises above the banks of the Durance River, this community of forty-five nuns at the Abbey of Jouques lives withdrawn from the bustle of modern life, in communion with nature and in quiet contemplation. Their life is regularized by the rhythm of ora et labora, prayer and work, the centerpiece of the Rule of St. Benedict. Their days are divided by the regular Offices of the Liturgy of the Hours and include daily Mass.
Their years follow the Earth’s seasons and the Liturgical Calendar, a cycle of feast days that celebrate the Church’s Saints through which they meditate on Holy Scripture. The complete project covers three years of recordings. It presents the entire Gregorian repertoire, including thousands of pieces (the equivalent of more than 7000 CDs).
The Chants are recorded in high resolution by engineers of Odradek Records, a non-profit, democratic, artist-ledlabelbased in the United States with astudioin Italy.
The app will not be fully complete until 2022 after we have collected the last of the chants from the Abbey. However, we hope that in the interim, it will nonetheless offer a rich and engaging experience for our users.
The Novo Ordo rotates on a three-year cycle, A-B-C. Our recordings began in 2019, a year C, and this year is a year A, therefore there will continue to be some discrepancies until the chants are entirely recorded and compiled into our database.
Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fidélité of Jouques, in French Provence.
The Order at Jouques, France
The Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fidélité is a monastery of Benedictine nuns located in Jouques, near Aix-en-Provence. Founded in 1967, by the nuns from the Abbey of Saint-Louis du Temple of Limon, the convent became an autonomous priory in 1970, becoming an abbey in 1981. The growth of the community allowed them to found the abbey Notre-Dame de Miséricorde in Rosans in the diocese of Gap in 1991, and then the monastery Notre-Dame de l’Écoute in Benin (Pèporiyakou, diocese of Natitingou) in 2005. The third abbess of Jouques, Mother Marie Monique Guttin, was elected on August 3, 2017. As of 2020, the community in Jouques includes forty-five sisters, aged 26 to 85. For more info, please visit www.abbayedejouques.org
Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fidélité of Jouques, in French Provence.
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Gregorian chant is the chant of the Western Church.
Its origins date to the 8th century, and it quickly spread throughout Europe. The Benedictine Order adopted it as its Chant repertory for its liturgy and has cultivated it ever since. Neumes, in Latin neuma, are signs that represent one or more sounds in notation.
The monastic day, which follows the rhythm of the Sun, bases itself on Psalm 113, A solis ortu usque ad occasum laudabile nomen Domini,
“from the rising of the sun to its going down,
The Lord’s name is to be praised.”
The whole day is centered around the Mass, which is its central axis, and is punctuated by hours of prayer from the Divine Office, also called the Liturgy of the Hours.
In his Rule, Saint Benedict provides for a balanced division to the monk’s day, shared between the prayer of the Office – or prayer of the Hours, designated according to the progress of the course of the sun – and Lectio Divina, manual or intellectual work, and rest.
Unlike the Mass repertoire, the Divine Office is essentially composed of Antiphons (a sort of refrain) that introduce and conclude the recitation of the Psalms, as well as Responses (which can be more or less ornate), Readings, Hymns, and opening and closing Prayers. Saint Benedict stipulated in his Rule that the monks sing the entire Psalter, the book of Psalms, every week, and this has been done since the 6th century.
Neumz offers the possibility of listening to the canonical hours of the first morning prayer (Ad Matutinum), followed by lauds (Ad Laudes), passing through the so-called minor hours (Third, Sixth and Ninth) until arriving in the evening at the song of Vespers (Ad Vesperas), to end the day with the prayer of Compline (Ad Completorium).
Canonical hours or Offices represent the division of the Christian day, with fixed prayers said or sung at particular times. They are sometimes referred to as the Canonic hours of the monastic office, the Liturgy of the Hours, or the Divine Office. A Book of Hours contains a selection of these prayers, often elaborately decorated. The roots of this practice were formalised in the 8th century, and in the 11th century the followers of the Order of St Benedict further reformed the hours to reflect the liturgy.
The Gregorian chant used to sing the offices will usually involve Antiphons based on Psalms, with more complex Great Responsories sung at Matins, contrasting with the simpler Short Responsories of the Lesser Hours and Compline.
At the end of the Office, one of four Marian antiphons is sung: Alma Redemptoris Mater, Ave Regina caelorum, Regina caeli laetare, or Salve, Regina. These are relatively late chants, dating from the 11th century, and are richer and more complex than most Office antiphons.
Neumz offers all the parts,
sung, chanted, or recited
in Latin of the Mass and the Office.
Thus, for the Mass, the songs of the Ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) and of each day’s Propers (Introitus, Graduale, Tractus, Alleluja, Offertorium and Communio) can be heard according to the liturgical cycle.
The Mass is the main form of worship in the Roman Catholic Church, and is divided into two main parts: the liturgy of the Word, which includes Biblical readings and often a sermon, and the liturgy of the Eucharist, culminating in the sacrament of Holy Communion.
The word ‘mass’ comes from the Latin ‘missa’ used at the end of the service to dismiss the congregation: Ite, missa est. The word ‘Catholic’ means ‘universal’, and the idea behind the Latin Mass was to worship in one universal language that could be understood by anyone in any part of the world. Following the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s, it became more common for the Mass to be said in the vernacular.
In the tradition of Gregorian plainchant, all sections of the Mass may be sung, including the Proper of the Mass. Many of the most intricate and complex Gregorian chants are found in parts of the Mass with shorter, repeating texts such as the Kyrie and the Agnus Dei; in expansive texts such as the Gloria and the Credo; and in Offertories, some of the oldest examples of which are particularly ornate.
Also referred to as the “Novus Ordo”, or the “Mass of Paul VI”.
The Ordinary of the Mass varies very little regardless of the liturgical context or season, and consists of five main sections, often used in musical Mass settings: the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei.
The Proper of the Mass encompasses other sections that may vary according to the liturgical context or time of year, including the Introit, Graduale, Alleluia (except Lent), Tract (Lent), Offertory and Communion.
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Structure of the Tridentine Mass
| Other Chants – Western and Eastern Traditions|
Catholic Rites and Variations
|The Neumatic Notation Systems of the 9th and 10th Centuries
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