The Beneventan Chant
By (author) Professor Thomas Forrest Kelly
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Beneventan Chant by Professor Thomas Forrest Kelly
Book DescriptionFrom the High Middle Ages the dominance of Gregorian chant has obscured the fact that musical practice in early medieval Europe was far richer than has hitherto been recognized. Despite its historical importance, the "Gregorian" is not the most consistent and probably not the oldest form of Christian chant. The recovery and study of regional musical dialects having a common ancestry in the Christian church and Western musical tradition are reshaping our view of the early history of Christian liturgical music. Thomas Kelly's major study of the Beneventan chant reinstates one of the oldest surviving bodies of Western music: the Latin church music of southern Italy as it existed before the spread of Gregorian chant. Dating from the seventh and eighth centuries it was largely forgotten after the Carolingian desire for political and liturgical uniformity imposed "Gregorian" chant throughout the realm. But a few later scribes, starting apparently in the tenth century, preserved a part of this regional heritage in writing. This book reassembles and describes the surviving repertory.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521065979
(246mm x 189mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Professor Thomas Forrest Kelly
Capturing Music, Hardback (November 2014)
An entertaining history of how musicians learned to record music for all time, filled with art that sings.
Music Then and Now, Hardback (January 2013)
A you are there guide to masterpieces of Western music."
Music Then and Now With Total Access Registration Card, Hardback (October 2012)
A "you are there" guide to masterpieces of Western music.
Early Music: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (August 2011)» View all books by Professor Thomas Forrest Kelly
In this Very Short Introduction, Thomas Forrest Kelly frames chapters on the forms, techniques, and repertories of the medieval, Renaissance, and baroque periods with discussion of why old music has been and should be revived, along with a short history of early music revivals.
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