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Gregorian Chant [Hardcover]

David Hiley

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Jan. 18 2010 0521870208 978-0521870207 1
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.

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'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.' --Notes, Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association

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Designed to guide students through this key topic in music studies, this book examines what Gregorian chant is, where it comes from, and how it took on the form and features which make it instantly recognizable. Containing examples from medieval manuscripts, the book shows how chants are made and notated.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gregorian Chant April 2 2011
By Robert Crosby - Published on Amazon.com
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In the fall of 2009 I remember a voice from the street in Volpaia, Tuscany calling to me, " You must come to the Chiesa (di San Lorenzo) now!". Being a village of 52 citizens, it was but a stone's throw from our rental home to the Chiesa. Soon, in awe, I listened to scholars singing from ancient texts of Gregorian chants. Having experienced Gregorian Mass several times it felt as though we were at the source of that beauty in this centuries-old church in this medieval place.

One of the scholars was Dr. David Hiley. His picture is in my book on " Medieval Volpaia" standing in the center of a group of 3 scholars.

As a layman, but with a music minor in College, I find this scholarly, well-written, and therefore easy to read. This history enlightens the evolution and variations of the Gregorian chant as it provides information on the various contexts in which this form developed.

The illustrations and the text surrounding them will be welcomed by scholars of this music and for other historians Hiley's music-centered perspective will surely be broadening. For instance, his treatment of Gregory I ( "the Great") separates legend from fact and is woven throughout the book.

But, again, I am a layman. As such I say, " Thank you David Hiley"

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