Western Plainchant: A Handbook

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Clarendon Press, 1995 - 661 páginas
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Plainchant is the oldest substantial body of music that has been preserved in any shape or form. It was first written down in Western Europe in the wake of the Carolingian renaissance of the 8th and 9th centuries. Many thousands of chants have been sung at different times or places in amultitude of forms and styles, responding to the differing needs of the church through the ages. This book provides a clear and concise introduction, designed both for those to whom the subject is new and those who require a reference work for advanced studies. It begins with an explanation of the liturgies which plainchant was designed to serve. All the chief genres of chant, different typesof liturgical book, and plainchant notations are described. The later chapters are complemented by plates, with commentary and transcriptions. After an exposition of early medieval theoretical writing on plainchant, a historical survey follows the constantly changing nature of the repertory throughfrom the earliest times to the restoration of medieval chant a century ago. The historical relations between Gregorian, Old-Roman, Milanese, Spanish, and other repertories is considered. Important musicians and centre of composition are discussed, together with the establishment of Gregorian chantin all the lands of medieval Europe, and the reformations and revisions carried out by the religious orders and the humanists. Copiously illustrated with over 200 musical examples transcribed from original sources, the book highlights the diversity of practice and richness of the chant repertory characteristic of the Middle Ages. As both a self-contained summary and also, with its many pointers to further reading, ahandbook for research, it will become an indispensable reference book on this vast subject.
 

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Analytical Table xii
xxx
Plainchant in the Liturgy
1
Chant Genres
46
2 1 Versicles and responses
48
2 5 Paternoster
54
3 2 AntiphonScitotequiapropeest with psalmtone
61
3 8 Invitatory tone
67
5 1 Gradual Tecumprincipium
78
Cambridge University Library LI 2 10
424
London British Library Add 29988
430
Oxford Bodleian Library Lat liturg a 4
436
Plainchant and Early Music Theory
442
vii Guido of Arezzo
466
Plainchant up to the Eighth Century
478
The Carolingian Century
514
The Place of Music in the Carolingian Renaissance
521

5 4 Tract Jubilate Domino omnis terra
84
7 1 Psalter antiphons
92
8 1 Invitatory antiphon Quoniam Deus magnus and part of responsory
99
10 1 Marian antiphon Sub tuumpresidium
105
Liturgical Books and Plainchant Sources
287
NOTATION
340
Plates
346
ii Rhythm in Simple Antiphons
380
Frontispiece ii
406
London British Library Harley 110
412
Oxford Bodleian Library Canonici liturg 350
418
Gregorian Chant and Other Chant Repertories
524
Gallican Chant
552
Conclusions
560
Persons and Places
563
REFORMATIONS OF GREGORIAN CHANT
608
Figure
620
The Restoration of Medieval Chant
622
Index of Text and Music Incipits
631
Index of Manuscript and Printed Sources
638
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Sobre el autor (1995)

David Hiley is at University of Regensburg.

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