Talk:Notre-Dame Basilica (Montreal)

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A note on grammar for the curious: in French, churches whose names are "Notre-Dame de" (city where they are located) do not take hyphens around the "de," because it's basically Our Lady's church in Montreal, not the church of Our Lady of Montreal (there's no such epithet for Mary). So "Notre-Dame de Montréal" is correct.

However, a church that does bear a Marian epithet - not the city it's in - does have the name hyphenated: Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, for example. That's because it's the church of Our Lady of Lourdes, not Our Lady's church in Lourdes.

- Montréalais 01:30, 29 July 2005 (UTC)

Organ caption[edit]

I changed the caption on the organ picture from

The basilica's organ pipes


The Casavant-Frères organ in the basilica

because, while the picture does show the pipes of the organ,

  1. it does not show them all (or even nearly all of them), and
  2. it makes for a better description of the picture to say that it is a picture of the organ and not one of just the pipes.

A picture of the inside of one of the organ's divisions would better be captioned as, "The basilica's organ pipes," although in that case it would be even better to denote to which division the pipes belong.

Added info about musical programming.[edit]

Seeing Handel's "Messiah" at the basilica is a big tradition for many in Montreal, so I added that, also to establish the basilica's presence in the city's cultural life beyond its masses and tours. That said, however, my musicological knowledge is limited -- is Christian church-related music referred to as "liturgical" music? Perhaps someone can refine my description of "choral and organ performances". The basilica may also program secular musical performances, so if anyone has that knowledge, please refine.


To answer your question, the Handel's "Messiah" is an oratorio, not liturgical music. Liturgical music is a music that is specificaly composed for the cult(In catholic cult, this include Kyrie(Penitential Rite),Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. To those main five element could be included the psalm and songs(some time only instrumental only) for the entering procession and recession, often composed for a specific time of the year and in best case(but infortunately not always) tied with the reading of the day.

Boris Crépeau 05:17, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

Jillium 21:22, 12 February 2006 (UTC)[edit]

Image:Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica Organ Pipes.jpg could use some brightening


Jillium: I believe it's important for potential tourists and visitors to know that the Basillica charges a fee for entry to a laser light show. If some are unhappy about this fact that's unfortunate. It is what it is and if anyone disputes me, I've taken digital photos of the money takers at the front entrance and I'd be glad to send you the photos..thanks! JMO'C

What's wrong with this image?[edit]

It's awfully beautiful - why not use it? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 04:18, 27 April 2007 (UTC).

Explanation for redirect to Notre-Dame Basilica[edit]

The previous article name Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica was "franglais," a corrupted amalgam of the French name Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal and the English name Notre-Dame Basilica. As this is an English encyclopedia, and as the English name does have currency, used on such websites as [1], produced by the Société de développement de Montréal with funding from the Quebec government, I believe the English article name is appropriate in this case. Shawn in Montreal (talk) 01:52, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Bio of Organist[edit]

Is there any account of the life of a very competent organist Bernard Brien, who supposedly had a position at Notre Dame? I mainly want to know why he left Canada to take postions in the USA. Mssr Brien claimed to have studied at Laval U. and had a wife Madeline and a son Edmund, who was an attorney and a member of the K of C. Musicwriter (talk) 03:44, 23 March 2008 (UTC) Brien was also organist at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio, along with Claude Lagace` and Hugh L. Murray. Later, Brien was organist at Nativity BVM Church (now a cathedral) in Biloxi, Mississippi. While a young man, Brien served in the United States Navy during World War I. Musicwriter (talk) 01:17, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

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