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Gregorian Chant

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Part of Cambridge Introductions to Music

  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521690355

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  • What is Gregorian chant, and where does it come from? What purpose does it serve, and how did it take on the form and features which make it instantly recognizable? Designed to guide students through this key topic, this book answers these questions and many more. David Hiley 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 it was sung. The history of chant is traced from its beginnings in the early centuries of Christianity, through the Middle Ages, the revisions in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the restoration in the nineteenth and twentieth. Using numerous music examples, the book shows how chants are made and how they were notated. An indispensable guide for all those interested in the fascinating world of Gregorian chant.

    • Contains illustrations showing exactly how chant notation works, making the historical development easy to follow
    • Special features help guide the reader through this key but complex topic in a clear and concise way, including a glossary, textboxes, a chronological table and a map clearly setting out where chant was sung
    • Translations of all Latin texts are provided for the reader
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521690355
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 1 map 11 tables 39 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Gregorian chant in the service of the church
    2. The beginnings of Roman chant
    other rites and other sorts of chant
    3. Tradition and innovation in medieval chant: from the ninth to the sixteenth century
    4. Thinking about Gregorian chant in the Middle Ages, and notating it
    5. New chants for new times: from the sixteenth century to the present
    Aspects of performance

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Chant as Popular Music
    • Chant, Polyphony, and Liturgy
    • Gregorian Chant in Liturgy and History
    • Introduction to Medieval Culture
    • Medieval Advanced Topics: Gregorian Chant
    • Music Fundamentals
    • Music History
    • Seminar in Medieval & Renaissance Music (Plainchant & Liturgy)
  • Author

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

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