Bratislava Music Agency
841 06 Bratislava 4
The Gregorian Schola ”Canticum Cordium” is a group of the Gregorian music loving girls who cherish the wish to popularize this particular genre of music. The group was formally established in 2008 by Fr. Mariusz Białkowski and consists of students from the Faculty of Choral Conducting, Music Education and Church Music of I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music, Poznań and other universities. The schola has given a number of concerts and has led the singing of the liturgy during Masses. By their singing the ensemble members wish to revive the oldest and most beautiful Gregorian melodies, carrying a prayer to God – hearts' singing. In its repertoire the schola has works related to the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church for over twenty centuries of its history. Often the concert becomes a unique opportunity to listen to these pieces of music which for various reasons were not included in the canon of the liturgy after the Council of Trent or the Second Vatican Council. In its style and sound the ensemble seeks to present the latest findings of the semiological research which, initiated by Fr. Eugene Cardine, OSB, are continued today by such masters as Nino Albarosa, Alberto Turco, Johannes Göschl.
Fr. Mariusz Białkowski, Ph.D., semiologist, gregorianist, is a priest of the Archdiocese of Poznań. Between 2001 and 2005 he studied Gregorian Chant at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome under the guidance of Albert Turco and Nino Albarosa, achieving his MA in Gregorian Chant. He later received a Ph.D. from Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw in 2008. He is a strong advocate of the principles initiated by the master of semiology, Fr. Eugéne Cardine, OSB. His scientific achievements include scientific and popular science publications, radio programmes, numerous lectures and Gregorian chant courses in Poland and abroad. Fr. Mariusz Białkowski is a lecturer of Gregorian chant at the “I.J. Paderewski” Academy of Music, Poznań, and of church music at the Faculty of Theology of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. He acts as president of the Polish Branch of the International Association for Studies of Gregorian Chant. He has been involved in the publication of the “Studia gregoriańskie” yearbook, performing the duties of scientific editor. He is also founder, artistic director and conductor of a Gregorian Schola Canticum Cordium. He is a member of the main management board of Associazione Internazionale Studi di Canto Gregoriano and the Association of the Polish Church Musicians.Back to the list of ensembles