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Grunt: Pigorian Chant from Snouto Domoinko de Silo [Hardcover]

Sandra Boynton
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Jan. 9 1996
A delightfully silly, good-natured parody of the recording phenomenon Chant and other works that put Gregorian music on the charts, Grunt is a book and CD set that combines Sandra Boynton's inimitable way with farm animals and a satirical sense that comes deliciously out of left barn.

In a far-off valley live the obeisant Domoinkan Pigs of Snouto Domoinko de Silo. Here, twelve times a day, these simple swine grunt the unadorned, ethereal music of Pigorian Chant (translation included). For occasions from the first mealtime (Op-slay ime-tay. Et's lay eat-ay. Um yay, um-yay.) to Nox Animaliae, when they're joined by all the animals in a harmony that dates back before the time of Caesar Hogustus, the pigs chant.

Listen, look at Sandra Boynton's delicious illustrations, and laugh. It's what to play whenever you're feeling disgruntled.

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"Tempus porco nihil est," or, "Time to a pig means zilch," according to Grunt: Pigorian Chant from Snouto Domoinko de Silo, a very funny takeoff on the Gregorian chant craze by Sandra Boynton, the author of Chocolate: The Consuming Passion and other droll volumes. This amusing little book, complete with a well-sung 40-minute compact disc by the Ad Hog Camerata, is a note-perfect send-up of chant and the hype that surrounds it. At the same time, the book presents the musical chronicle of a day in the life of one seriously pretentious farm. Boynton's pictures--from the cover to the "illuminations"--are a delight. The cows speak for record company executives everywhere when they intone, "Non plaudite. Modo pecuniam jacite." (Don't applaud, just throw money.) This would make a perfect gift for a musical friend, and if no one gets it for you, you'd be well justified in buying it for yourself for a quick pick-me-up or chant overdose antidote.

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Inevitably, the craze for Gregorian Chant in the past few years had to provoke a backlash; the only question was when and in what form it would arrive. One answer is a book titled "Grunt." Its front cover has a cartoon of four pigs, holding candles, looking reverent and floating against a sky-blue background with fleecy clouds-a visual echo of the cover on a best-selling disc by the Benedictine monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, who stated the craze. Inside the cover is a compact disc of "Pigorian Chant" performed by the "Ad Hog Camerata." The music sounds like authentic Gregorian chant, and the singing-under the direction of two well-credentialed directors-is quite good. Some of the texts are in authentic (though not liturgical) Latin, for example: "Ecce Macdonaldus senex, qui fundum habet" (Behold Old MacDonald, who has a farm"). Others are in pig Latin-for example, "Y-whay are-ay e-way ere-hay?" E way are-ay ere-hay o-taying-say ad nauseam." Sophomoric? Of course, but also occasionally cute. And, we might add, sui generis. -- The Washington Post

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5.0 out of 5 stars OINK! Feb. 4 2003
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Format:Hardcover
Good stuff...a real good time for a music student....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ore-snay, ore-snay! Aug. 23 2001
Format:Hardcover
I received this book/CD combo as a gift. The giver requested that I listen and read immediately. Howl! From start to finish, I laughed! The chant (grunt) is authentic, and true to Gregorian modes. The musicians are first rate, though I am not sure how they recorded this without laughing!
Basically, what Boynton and her cohorts have done, is spoof the ever-so-popular "Chant" recordings. It details the day in the lives of some barn animals. The humor is subtle, and it would almost be worth it to learn Latin all over again. After studying the Chant form for a semester in college, I am sure that I find the humor funnier than the average non-music major. Still, it is a great parody that everyone should hear at least once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun stuff July 7 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
If you weren't paying attention to the words, you'd think you were listening to a true Chant CD. The music is beautiful, but from the text, you know that they don't take themselves too seriously. It's a hoot! two hooves up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Allemoolia! May 6 2001
Format:Hardcover
Grunt is an absolutely delightful sendup of the various popular "Chant" CDs. Boynton skewers the superficially spiritual with deadly aim, and tosses in some great sounding chant at the same time. She manages to do this without being in the least offensive (and this from someone who learned her first Latin chant more that 40 years ago -and still sings in the choir.) The polyphony of the chickens is not to be missed. Gopher baroque, Sandra! Don't let the turkeys get you down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Aug. 25 1999
By Brim
Format:Hardcover
This is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time. If you just listen to the music, you'd be fooled into thinking this is real Gregorian chant. But if you listen carefully or if you take a peek at the lyrics in the illustrated booklet, you're in for a real treat! This is wonderful satire of the Gregorian chanting phenomenon. Would make a great gift for Latin scholars!
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Format:Hardcover
This is Gregorian chant done in Pig Latin. The text is light-hearted. It is funny in parts, a spoof as it were, but done with full respect both to the musical form and to the language. The conceit does grow thin before the end of the work, but the music itself is good enough to warrant it being a full-length piece. (The music is good enough, that is, provided that you appreciate the chant form. If you need a beat or at least a meter in your music, than don't bother with GRUNT. Have a chuckle at the idea of doing a monastic-style chant in Pig Latin, then move on without ordering this CD.)
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I'm glad Fenno has found something rewarding to do since his retirement from the Glee Club!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! Feb. 19 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is extremely funny especially if you know Latin. Being a Latin student I thought it was very funny and enjoyed the CD very much. I reccomend this book and listening to the CD because with the CD you can't even tell that they're singing Old McDonald or other stuff.(monks ar singing) Also, the pigs in the story talk in Pig Latin which adds humor.
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