◆ Choir – Cappella Gregoriana
Cappella Gregoriana was commissioned to maintain and propagate the treasure of traditional church music in Japan. Its purpose is to conduct research as well as to perform church music in Japan.
In order to achieve the purpose of church music, Cappella Gregoriana pursues the role of the music in religious ritual and performs it under the liturgical framework of the Catholic church.
Since its foundation in 1986, Cappella Gregoriana has been singing mainly Gregorian chant in Sunday Masses.
In addition, it sings Psalm Antiphona in Japanese, as well as other new musical attempts consistent with the Catholic tradition.
In addressing a wider scope of religious music beyond the choir services in masses, a new professional vocal ensemble, Favorito, was formed in 1989. It intends to address a higher technical level requirement for choral music in general, as well as to stimulate and enhance the level of Cappella Gregoriana.
Favorito collaborates with Cappella in joint concerts, and recordings of its performance for general distribution.
Conductor: Veronika Chikako Hashimoto
Gregorian Chant CD recordings and distribution, as an effort of archiving and penetration in Japan.
In Nativitate Domini (1988)
Adventus / In Epiphania Domini (1991)
In Passion Domini (1994)
In Resurrectione Domini (1996)
Liturgia Defunctorum (2002)
Gregorianische Gesänge – 2 Messen (2009)
Gregorianische Gesänge (2012)
◆ Research paper publication
The music and the theology in early Franciscan Order <2003>
– Early Franciscan Order and Lauda / Akihiro Iyoku OFM
It is important for Francis of Assisi to celebrate the Divine Offices and the Mass,and to pray privately. He composed some religious poems,especially the Canticle of the Creatures. He frequently has sung songs in vernacular. Also the early Franciscans would have sung everwhere in such manner. Their influences have spread through central Italy. Cortona was one of such cities where Franciscans did their apostolate. Brother Elia built a church which was dedicated for St. Francis. This church was the center of their apostolate. Like Francis,they preached at public square,streets, and sang the praise to God. Thus, early Franciscans activities gave great influence to the people in cities. The Lauda that was sung not by the latin, but by vernacular has been influenced by the Franciscans. It may be said that St. Francis of Assisi has inspired to the formation of confraternity at Cortona, and the composition of Lauda.
Research Papers II <2006>
– Rhymed Office for St.Francis / Yuri Sugimoto
Rhymed Office for St.Francis
Violists at the time of aurora in the French viol tradition and their works
The Basso continuo playing in Penne’s ” Li primi albori musicali, terza parte”