Leonin, Perotin: Sacred Music from Notre-Dame Cathedral
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The notes mention the fact that both Leonin and Perotin worked at Notre Dame and were both responsible for the Organum. Organum is Polyphony used in liturgical music from the late 9th century to c. 1250.
I bring this up because few people, even musicologists, understand the vital roles that acoustics and harmonics(overtones)played in the composition of sacred music until about the Seventeenth Century.
The musicologist, Thurston Dart, summarizes the influence that reverberation has on composers:
"But even a superficial study shows that early composers were very aware of the effect on their music of the surroundings in which it was to be performed, and that they deliberately shaped their music accordingly. Musical acoustics can be roughly divided into resonant, room and outdoor. Plainsong is resonant music; so is the harmonic style of Leonin and Perotin .. Perotin's music, in fact, is perfectly adapted to the acoustics of the highly resonant cathedral (Notre Dame Paris) for which it was written...."
(Thurston Dart, musicologist, "The interpretation of Music",Hutchinson, London pp56-57 (1954).
I think, like most 'moderns', Mr. Dart has got it backwards -- these composers were mostly aware of the effect of the surroundings upon their music.Read more ›
The rendering of these compositions is exquisitely, even creatively approached. Listening to it, the echo effect kind of gives it a gilded sheen or aura. It manages to accomplish really giving you a feeling of this period in time.
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Extraordinary. The execution & the space are fantastic. Quietize your listening area. Sit in the sweet spot of your speaker set-up. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. L. Wolfe
This CD celebrates the roots of Western Polyphony and I treasure it. You can clearly hear the progression from plain chant to parallel organum, and then the "break-through"... Read morePublished 22 months ago by rustberg
When I first listened to this cd, I didn't quite know what to make of it. It was just a bunch of musical sounds to me. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Orthodoxy
Leonin and Perotin were composers of sacred music that was associated with the rich culture that developed around the construction of the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Daniel O'donnell
The clarity and fidelity of the music is amazing. I feel as though I am right in the cathedral with these singers. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Elvin G Strand
I heard some of this recording on Pandora and decided to purchase it. The voices of the vocal group Tonus Peregrinus are very clear and sound amazing. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by Ben
All I needed to do was to hear a few of the sample clips of this CD, and then I knew I had to purchase it via Amazon's MP3 downloading program. Read morePublished on November 24, 2007 by Henrietta DeLeon