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Grunt: Pigorian Chant from Snouto Domoinko de Silo Hardcover – Jan 9 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Har/Com edition (Jan. 9 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761105948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761105947
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.8 x 14.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By A Customer on April 8 1997
Format: Hardcover
If (1) you know a little Latin,
or (2) you perform or study medieval or church music,
and (3) you are at least slightly familiar with "Chant," the flavor-of-the-moment album with the floating monks on the cover, purporting to introduce Gregorian chant to the New Age/pop listener,
you'll find "Grunt" funny for the first or second reading. The accompanying CD is less funny. It's strictly chant throughout. Some musical humor would have helped a lot. When the animals sing the Latin version of "Old McDonald," complete with E-I-E-I-O's, wouldn't you hope to hear a strain of that tune? Nope, it's all chant. A little of this goes a long way.
When "Chant" fades from the charts, much of "Grunt"s parody will be lost. It's still a clever lampoon of over-reverent recording scholarship, with cute animal illustrations.
At Amazon's discount price, "Grunt" is an amusing gift for someone in one or more of the categories at the beginning of this review.
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By A Customer on July 16 1997
Format: Hardcover
As others have noted, this book gets most of its humor value from the parody of the current trendy "Gregorian Chant for new age yuppies" albums, but the underlying concept is fun for anybody who knows a little Latin, grew up Catholic, or just likes erudite barnyard animals. And, unlike the P.D.Q. Bach works, no real knowledge of classical music is needed to appreciate much of the humor here.

The real prize in this package is not the book, but the CD. This is good-quality music done by real musicians, who don't let the humorous content of the chant distract them from their skills. The text, where the pigs sing Pig Latin while the other animals sing Latin, is full of Latin translations of English idiom, and the snide comments of the chickens, delivered by angelic, ethereal female voices, win out-loud laughter from everyone for whom I've played the disc
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Format: Hardcover
Remember the the album Chant, that came out a few years ago?Have you seen all the sequels and me-too Gregorian chant albums? Wellhere's the best one. Sandra Boynton, of chocaholic fame, has put together a witty and musically delightful parody of these records and of the style itself. The chanting is done by highly trained voices which this reviewer could not tell from those on the serious chanting albums. If anything, these were better. Meanwhile, you are being treated to the philosophical musings of barnyard animals--also in a secluded but communal setting, just like the monks. The farm has its daily rituals and musical time-noticing ceremonies, which the animals sing about in beautiful ways. Meanwhile, their words are howlers. Buy this along with a chant recording, and see which one YOU like better.
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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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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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By "jroland631" on May 5 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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By A Customer on June 26 1997
Format: Hardcover
Best sprung on a friend who is (a) a Latin scholar, (b) a medievilist, or (c) a Gregorian fanatic - preferably all three. Would have been better if so much of the first song wasn't in pig-Latin. (Your unsuspecting victim will never believe that repetitive OR-SNAY-ing is real Latin). And the album drags on a bit too long. But I'd love to walk into my favorite pseudo-pretentious book store and hear this over the sound system
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By Brim on Aug. 25 1999
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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