Schola Musica - Martin Dagenais | The Beatles Gregorian Songbook

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The Beatles Gregorian Songbook

by Schola Musica - Martin Dagenais

An adaptation of famous songs and themes of the Beatles in Gregorian chant.
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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1. The Abbey's Bell
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0:58 album only
2. There Is A Place
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4:15 album only
3. Nowhere Man
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4:08 album only
4. Strawberry Fields Forever
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5:30 album only
5. Tomorrow Never Knows
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3:15 album only
6. Within You Without you
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4:32 album only
7. The Inner Light
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2:34 album only
8. Blackbird
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3:23 album only
9. Mother Nature's Son
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2:37 album only
10. Because
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3:38 album only
11. The Word
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12. All You Need Is Love
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13. Let It Be- The End
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Album Notes
How little we Americans know of Canada, and even less of that very French province of Quebec. There's some surprising things going on up there both in music and in the audio field. Here, for example, is the first evidence we have heard of a shocking discovery made in an ancient British monastery near Liverpool. Ancient Gregorian chants from secular monks who went by the names of Father John Father Paul and Brother George were found to show a dramatic resemblance to the melodic and lyrical content of some of the Beatles' songs. Minstrels from all over Europe would gather and sing their songs at medieval festivals at the Abbey's Inn where the manuscripts were found in a cave. One theory suggests that today's Beatles were reincarnations of these medieval monks. No love songs were discovered; all of those appear to be original contemporary works. The three monks were advised by the Abbey's Father Superior to stick to more religious topics, and especially Brother George - to avoid his many references to Eastern philosophies. A fine Quebec a cappella ensemble performs the chants.

There's been almost as many transcriptions of Beatles tunes for different instruments as of J.S. Bach's, but this CD beats them all! Who would've thought? Too much; very authentic sounding too. You can read all about the stories behind each chant in the liner notes. There's even pdf files of the music for every single chant if you put it in your computer. Hey, this would make a great double feature with the Carmina Burana!

Tracks: The Abbey's Bell, CANTUS I - ECCE HOMO: There is a Place, Nowhere Man, Strawberry Fields Forever, CANTUS II - INTELLIGENTI PAUCA: Tomorrow Never Knows, Within You Without You, The Inner Light, CANTUS III - SIT TIBI TERRA LEVIS: Blackbird, Mother Nature's Son, Because, CANTUS IV - OMNIA VINCIT AMOR: The Word, All You Need is Love; Let It Be (The End).


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Richard Astley-Clemas

It was 6 centuries ago somebody taught the monks to play
Gregorian chants are probably the least entertaining of all mediaeval music but when they come with Beatles melodies they take on a new meaning.
And that goes back to 1963 the year of the Beatles first success in England when EMI and Northern Songs commisioned Liverpool musician Fritz Speigl to come up with classical sounding interpretations which he called Eine Kleine Beatlesmusik.Although seen as a spoof it opened up a whole new field of Beatles music performed in the concert music idiom-following it were the Beatlecracker Suite,the Baroque Songbook of Joshua Rifkin,Beatles Arias,the Beatles Concerto and no end of symphonic interpretations.
One of the latest is the Schola Musica from Canada who accompany their CD with an essay of complete fiction which sounds convincing enough.
Full circle has now been reached with Paul McCartney himself making classical music.
Lennon would never have believed it!