That’s the music of the Dominican Friars of Poland, now available in English. A rotating cast of non-professional singers from across the country came together over an extended weekend in January 2020 to record two albums’ worth of liturgical music. The repertoire forms a basic corpus of music for the whole church year. It can be learned and sung well in a short amount of time, by dedicated choirs of modest means – just like our album, recorded by volunteer singers after a brief period of rehearsing.
Here we are excited to share with you the second album, Eva | Ave, with choral music for Marian feast days, Advent, and Ordinary Time. Its title is drawn from a medieval hymn Ave Maris Stella (Hail, Star of the Sea). It depicts Mary as the new Eve, and the former’s obedience restoring the grace lost through the latter woman’s disobedience. In Latin Eve is spelt « Eva » which in reverse spells « Ave » (« hail! »), the greeting that the Angel Gabriel spoke in the Annunciation to Mary. Hence we sing: Taking that wondrous greeting / Which was by Gabriel spoken, / Changing « Eva » to « Ave », / Be of God’s peace the token. Our album features an arrangement of this hymn with a 17th century melody from a Benedictine monastery of Staniątki, harmonized by Fr. Dawid Kusz, OP, masterfully translated by Christopher Mueller.
We are pleased to make this music available for free to the whole world. Please download our scores and start singing! We know that this music will transform the prayer life of singers and congregation alike through its powerful, meditative beauty.
Recording and Mastering
Audio recording by: Bill Levey, Via Audio Seattle
Mastering and post-production by: Magda Piotrowska, Hear Candy Mastering
Cover design: Natalia Miazga
DLC Choir 1
Christopher Mueller, conductor
Julia Bellefeuille, Erin Brown, Hope Chamberlain, Becca Chavarría, Danielle Dellino, Eugenia Geisel, Mary Van Hollebeke
Mikaela Hertel, Ariaga Mucek, Tess Murray, Annie Nguyen, Jenny Taylor
Paul-Henry Flynn, Marcin Juraszek, Br. Andrew Thomas Kang, O.P., Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.
Zachary Groeblinghoff, Fr. Lukasz Misko, O.P., Peter Molina, Giordan Montero
Recording date: Thursday, January 2, 2020
Blessed Sacrament Church, Seattle, WA
Performances: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
DLC Choir 2
Zachary Groeblinghoff, conductor
Julia Bellefeuille, Erin Brown, Hope Chamberlain, Becca Chavarría, Eugenia Geisel, Lizzie Priddis, Sophia Holt, Caitlin Lynch
Mikaela Hertel, Tess Murray, Annie Nguyen, Jenny Taylor
Marcin Juraszek, Br. Andrew Thomas Kang, O.P., Fr. Lukasz Misko, O.P.
Matthew McGehee, Peter Molina, Giordan Montero
Recording date: Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Performances: 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
A project of this scope has many participants and many costs, and we gratefully accept donations from anyone who would like to support our work. Please use the form below to make a financial contribution of any size to the Dominican Liturgical Center, which commissioned and recorded these pieces.
“We hope that these wonderful, prayerful pieces may inspire you to pray to Our Blessed Lord through song — these songs!”
Lukasz Misko, OP