Gregorian Chant Hardcover – Dec 31 2010
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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
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.See all Product Description
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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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