Identify these Gregorian Chant samples from Delerium's "Flatlands" and "Metaphor"

  • On Delerium’s Semantic Spaces album, there are a few songs that use samples of Gregorian chants.

    I'd like to identify the following samples, so that I can find and listen to the full Gregorian chant songs:

    Flatlands:

    Metaphor:

    I don't know Latin though, so I'm at a loss as to how to identify those Gregorian chants. Does anyone know what Gregorian chant pieces/songs the samples are from?

    you can check this list of samples although there's no specific mention of the three samples at this time: http://www.enigma-music.com/reviews/delerium/semantic-spaces

    Notwithstanding the answer already given ("B. Monks of S. D. de S.), I think this is a really hard question to answer if you go off of just the aural evidence (i.e., you'd have to resort to interviews, album liner notes, etc.). The reasons why: * samples very short * samples very muffled; makes it hard to catch the latin, because you hear mostly vowels, few consonants * samples aren't necessarily continuous or even from the same chant * most gregorian chant groups sound pretty similar * most gregorian chant songs/melodies sound _very_ similar

  • Coemgenus

    Coemgenus Correct answer

    6 years ago

    I can't tell you the recordings or performers, but I recognize the chants.

    The first is the incipit (beginning) of the Introit Roráte caeli de super, "Drop down, ye heavens, from above" (Isaiah 45:8), sung during the pre-Christmas season.

    The second sounds like a mash of two samples. I can't make out the first ("oooh"), but the second ("aaah") is a clip from the opening word of the Offertory Ave María, "Hail, Mary". (Luke 1:28).

    The third is from the Offertory De profúndis, sung in the requiem mass for the dead: "De profúndis clamávi ad te, Dómine", "Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord." (Psalm 129:1 Septuagint / Psalm 130:1 Hebrew)

    Great answer, thank you! For the first sample, I had an easier time hearing it in this recording of Introitus: Rorate coeli. For the third sample, I had an easier time hearing it in this recording of De profundis after speeding it up.

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