Western Plainchant: A Handbook

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Clarendon Press, 1995 - 661 páginas
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
xxx
Plainchant in the Liturgy
1
Chant Genres
46
NOTATION
340
Plates
346
ii Rhythm in Simple Antiphons
380
ii Guido of Arezzo
388
Frontispiece ii
406
4 2 Division of the monochord in Dialogus de musica
464
67
466
4 8 The modi vocum Guido of Arezzo
470
80
472
Plainchant up to the Eighth Century
478
81
505
The Carolingian Century
514
Gregorian Chant and Other Chant Repertories
524

London British Library Harley 110
412
Oxford Bodleian Library Canonici liturg 350
418
Cambridge University Library Ll 2 10
424
London British Library Add 29988
430
Oxford Bodleian Library Lat liturg a 4
436
Plainchant and Early Music Theory
442
The Legacy of Antiquity
443
Ex W 2 1 Boethius division of the monochord
445
1 Greater and Lesser Perfect System diatonic genus
446
3 4 Huchalds letternotation
451
Ex W 4 1 Psalmverse cadences and openings of mode 1 introits cited by Aurelian
457
65
459
1 Greek and medieval modal names
462
3 1 Old Roman and Gregorian versions of communion Revelabiturgloria
532
84
538
86
548
Persons and Places
563
87
581
92
601
REFORMATIONS OF GREGORIAN CHANT
608
The Restoration of Medieval Chant
622
Index of Text and Music Incipits
631
93
632
Index of Manuscript and Printed Sources
638
101
641
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David Hiley is at University of Regensburg.

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