An Introduction to Gregorian Chant

An Introduction to Gregorian Chant

by Richard L. Crocker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300083106

ISBN-13: 9780300083101

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

For modern listeners, the sounds of Gregorian chant are compelling, with words and rhythms that seem at once familiar and remote. Even without a musical background or knowledge of the religious significance of Gregorian chant, listeners respond to its unique qualities and sensuous tranquility. Richard L. Crocker, a world-renowned authority on chant, offers in this…  See more details below

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For modern listeners, the sounds of Gregorian chant are compelling, with words and rhythms that seem at once familiar and remote. Even without a musical background or knowledge of the religious significance of Gregorian chant, listeners respond to its unique qualities and sensuous tranquility. Richard L. Crocker, a world-renowned authority on chant, offers in this book and its accompanying compact disc an eloquent introduction to the history and meaning of the Gregorian chant. He explains how Gregorian chant began, what functions and meanings it had over time, who heard it and where, and how it was composed, learned, written down and handed on. His guided tour of the Gregorian chant provides for any student, performer or interested listener a richer understanding of this enduringly powerful music.

Crocker explains Gregorian chant and its functions within modern catholic liturgy as well as its position outside this liturgy, where the modern listener may hear it just as music. He describes the origins of the chant in the early Middle Ages, details its medieval development and use, and considers how it survived without, and later with, musical notation. The author probes the paradoxical position of the chant in monastic life -- serving as an expression of liturgical fellowship on the one hand and as the medium of solitary mystic ascent on the other. The book also includes a detailed commentary on each of twenty-six complete chants performed by the Orlando Consort and by the author on the accompanying compact disc.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300083101
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

List of compact disc tracksvi
List of illustrationsvii
Acknowledgementsxiii
1Chant, chanting and Gregorian chant1
2Tone and tonal space for Gregorian chant22
3Melodic movement, rhythm and words41
4Gregorian chant, Roman politics and European polyphony64
5Singing the praises in early Christian worship88
6Gregorian chant in the Roman Rite111
7Monastic chant in time and eternity128
8Gregorian chant in notation and in the mind148
Commentary on the compact disc173
Notes221
Bibliography228
Glossary230
Index242

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