Propers

Mass Propers

A collection of score files, in Gregorian chant notation, for the Propers of the Mass (those parts of the Mass which vary from day to day during the Liturgical Year). The files are in PDF format for ease of downloading and printing.  These are the scores used at this time by our choir.

Videos and MP3 sound files demonstrating how to sing the propers can be found at Corpus Christi Watershed.  Note that the examples at Corpus Christi Watershed may vary slightly from these score files.

The notes below provide further information about the naming conventions used by these files, and some further information about the arrangements contained therein.

Propers Chant Scores for the Liturgical Year

Advent

Christmastide

Epiphany

Septuagesimatide

Lent

Easter

Time After Pentecost

Score Files and Naming Conventions

The PDF score files were produced using Ben Bloomfield’s GABC generator for propers.  More information about the GABC tools can be found at Gregorio Gregowiki.

The propers generator tool is quite flexible, and can generate score files in a variety of font sizes, and with any desired mixture of propers, using either Full Tone or Psalm Tone versions as desired.  The files available here are the ones currently used by our choir.  They normally use 12 point font size, and normally (with some exceptions) contain a mixture of Full Tone and Psalm Tone propers.  Most of the time (with some exceptions) the Introit and Communion are Full Tone; others propers are usually Psalm Tone.  The file name  provides more specific information about the propers contained in that file.

Most of the PDF score files follow a naming convention, which provides information about the contents and format of the propers contained in the file.  The file name consists of several parts, each separated by hyphens:

  1. Liturgical Calendar identifier: several letters specifying the Sunday or Feast day.
  2. Font size, in points.
  3. Propers Identifier: a series of letters showing which Proper scores are included in the file.  Upper case denotes a Full Tone proper, lower case denotes a Psalm Tone proper.  These may include:  Introit (I/i), Gradual (G/g), Alleluia (A/a), Tract (T/t), Sequence (S/s), Offertory (O/o), Communion (C/c) and Hymn (H/h).
  4. Propers Format: a code showing which type of Propers the score file contains:
    • FP: contains only Full Propers
    • PP: contains only Psalm Tone Propers
    • MP: contains a mixture of Full Propers and Psalm Tone Propers.  This is the most common format for our files

For example, the file Pe-12-IaaSoC-MP-R2.pdf would be Pentecost Sunday, font size 12 points, containing scores for Introit (Full Tone), two Alleluias, Sequence (Full Tone), Offertory and Communion (Full Tone).  The extra R2 would indicate Revision 2, perhaps identifying a corrected version of the file.