02 January, 2006

Gregorian Chant on Radio Set

Gregorian Chant:
Plainsong with melodic contours which are closely tied to the spoken
rhythms and inflections of the text. Introduced in the liturgy by
pope Gregory I (540-604), this strictly calm and soothe music spread
throughout Europe having today more than 3000 different melodies known.

"Gregorian Chant is a musical repertory made up of chants used in the
liturgical services of the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, the liturgical
tradition which the Church has bestowed on us is a vocal, monophonic music
composed along with Latin words coming from sacred texts."

"...one of the most important aspects of 10th-century Gregorian chant :
it was an oral tradition, chants being
learnt by heart. The singers only had the texts at their disposal and
sung the melodies as they had picked them up from previous generations.
That is no doubt the explanation for the many regional differences and
variations. For a professional Schola Cantorum at the Vatican or at Metz
cathedral it cannot have been a real problem, as Gregorian chant was an
everyday practice to them. But with Charlemagne imposing the use of
liturgical music in every ordinary parish church, many of them only
employing occasional singers, things became a bit more difficult,
as those singers only knew the antiphons for some of the major feasts.
This was probably one of the reasons for the introduction of the first
music notation system."

Quite relaxing Music, I think. Nicely accompanies a sun rise or Sunset.

The Roots Of Gregorian Chant

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