Gregorian Chant

Veni Sancte Spiritus

    Description by Robert Cummings

    There are many chants titled Veni Sancte Spiritus, probably the most common one, at least on recordings in recent times, being the Veni Sancte Spiritus, in mode 1 (Dorian mode). All chants are written in one of the eight church modes, though because of the archaic notation used, where notes are represented by neumes, and owing to other notational problems, the mode of some cannot be determined. Veni Sancte Spiritus is a sequence associated with Pentecost Sunday in the Roman Catholic Church, sung at masses on that day and on all days through the ensuing Saturday. Most versions of this chant are in mode 8, the hypomixolydian, and most sound similar, the music having a somber character, often with a somewhat restricted vocal range in its first half. Chant aficionados will find its serene, mellow nature much to their taste. Its Latin text is thought by some to impart a sense of rhythm to the music, in spite of the fact that, like all chant, it lacks meter. A word ending in -ium concludes each of its ten short verses, giving the music its supposed rhythmic character.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2014 Ars Produktion ARS 38154
    2013 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099972344
    2012 The Gift of Music CCLCDG 1259
    2010 Multimedia San Paolo / Zebralution
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Denon Records
    2008 Laserlight / Zebralution
    2007 Jade / Milan
    2005 Erato / Virgin Classics 7243562488
    2004 EMI 5769042
    2000 Virgin 847225
    1998 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 725
    1997 Supraphon 32712
    1997 EMI Music Distribution 66252
    1995 SKR Classical / SKR Records 1801
    1995 Christophorus 77169
    1995 Naxos 553087
    1994 Sony Classical 66705
    1994 Madacy 5449
    1994 Christophorus 77165
    Bolshoi/BMG 18317