Western Plainchant by David Hiley
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Western Plainchant
By David Hiley

Western Plainchant

A Handbook

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Western Plainchant by David Hiley

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Plainchant is the oldest substantial body of music that has been preserved in any shape or form. It was first written down in Western Europe in the wake of the Carolingian renaissance of the 8th and 9th centuries. Many thousands of chants have been sung at different times or places in a multitude of forms and styles, responding to the differing needs of the church through the ages. This book provides a clear and concise introduction, designed both for those to whom the subject is new and those who require a reference work for advanced studies. It begins with an explanation of the liturgies which plainchant was designed to serve. All the chief genres of chant, different types of liturgical book, and plainchant notations are described. The later chapters are complemented by plates, with commentary and transcriptions. After an exposition of early medieval theoretical writing on plainchant, a historical survey follows the constantly changing nature of the repertory through from the earliest times to the restoration of medieval chant a century ago. The historical relations between Gregorian, Old-Roman, Milanese, Spanish, and other repertories is considered. Important musicians and centre of composition are discussed, together with the establishment of Gregorian chant in all the lands of medieval Europe, and the reformations and revisions carried out by the religious orders and the humanists. Copiously illustrated with over 200 musical examples transcribed from original sources, the book highlights the diversity of practice and richness of the chant repertory characteristic of the Middle Ages. As both a self-contained summary and also, with its many pointers to further reading, a handbook for research, it will become an indispensable reference book on this vast subject.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198165729
ISBN-10: 0198165722
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 187mm x 42mm)
Pages: 758
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 3-Aug-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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An indispensable guide to this key topic in music studies, examining what Gregorian chant is, and its form and features.

Music in the Medieval English Liturgy by David Hiley Music in the Medieval English Liturgy, Hardback (August 1993)

This collection of essays celebrates the work of the Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society. Founded in 1888, it quickly established two areas of activity: to propagate information on medieval music and to revitalize the Anglican liturgy with the riches of the plainchant of the Roman Rite.

Early Middle Ages to 1300 by David Hiley Early Middle Ages to 1300, Hardback (March 1990)

A study of early Christian music in medieval western Europe, which surveys the repertoires of Byzantine and Roman chants. Summarized accounts of Syrian, Armenian, Coptic and Ethiopian chants are represented alongside the Christian chant by way of an introduction to other musical forms.

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