Gregorian Chant

Gregorian Chant

by David Hiley
     
 

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What is Gregorian chant, and where does it come form? What purpose does it serve, and how did it take on the form and features which make it instantly recognizable? Guiding student through this key topic in music studies, this introduction describes the church services in which chant is performed, takes the reader through the church year, explains what Latin texts

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What is Gregorian chant, and where does it come form? What purpose does it serve, and how did it take on the form and features which make it instantly recognizable? Guiding student through this key topic in music studies, this introduction describes the church services in which chant is performed, takes the reader through the church year, explains what Latin texts were used, and, taking Worcester Cathedral as an example, describes the buildings in which chant was sung.

Includes music examples and reproductions from medieval manuscripts to show how chants were made and notated

Traces the history of Gregorian chant, from its beginnings in the early centuries of Christianity, through to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Contains translations of Latin chant texts and original historical documents

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The clarity of prose and organization are to be emulated and Hiley's welcoming style allows the reader to feel at home with some of the most challenging concepts in musicology ... Maintaining the highest standards of both scholarship and writing, it is easy to imagine this book's becoming an indispensable classic for general readers."
James Vincent Maiello, Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association

"... comprehensive, written in a deliberately engaging and accessible manner, and invokes the typical twentieth-century priorities, such as the distinction between 'sacred' and 'secular', 'The Church' viewed as a more or less monolithic entity, the 'evolution' of monastic groups, 'forms' and 'styles', and the notion of 'repertory'."
Nancy van Deusen, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521690355
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2010
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Music Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

David Hiley is Professor in the Institute of Musicology at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

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