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The Song of Prayer: A Practical Guide to Gregorian Chant Paperback – April 1, 2010


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557255768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557255761
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With this simple guide, you will soon be able to close the day in quiet beauty and simplicity, chanting the service of Compline as they do at monasteries all over the world. You don't have to be musical in order to get started. You'll learn the basics of chant, including chant notation, its history and development, and spirituality.

Ideal for individuals as well as small groups in churches, homes, and classrooms, this book teaches you to chant the complete service of Compline and offers and experience of Compline and offers an experience like that of the Christians of the early church who gathered together each day to pray in song.

About the Author

This tried and true guide to singing and understanding Gregorian chant was developed at the Community of Jesus, where the Divine Office is chanted every day. The Community of Jesus, and ecumenical Christian Community in the Benedictine monastic tradition, located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has been active in the Gregorian chant revival for three decades.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Hoffman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2012
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First, I need to state that i'm well educated in music, understand modes, and even studied Latin in High school. Naturally, I thought that this book would, without too much frustration, teach me how to Chant. For a small book (About 110 pages), to attempt to teach someone not only how to sing Gregorian Chant, but also how to read Mideaval Latin, when and how to cross yourself during prayer, explain the backround of monasticism and the Benedictine rule, how to read and sing a completely alien notation system (Neums and church modes), and how to sing "week one" of Compline--- well, the writer bit off much more than they could chew. Of course, if the author knew how to write a lesson book, in easy to understand language by non musicians, that would help. Except this isnt a lesson book, as much as it resembles a series of random notes taken during the weeks of classes a new monastic is given, in order to learn the art of chanting. Everything in this book is assembled peice meal, right down to the way the tracks on the included CD, correspond (or dont) to the "lyrics" inside the book. The book comes with an instructional CD, that has several tracks to sing along with. (In itself, the CD isn't too bad.) The problem is the lack of correspondance between the CD, and the flow of the book. For example the CD includes the chanting of Compline. So, where are THE LYRICS for Track 1 on the CD found? at the END of the book. The CD provides a complete chant of COMPLINE (week 1 variation), but the lyrics printed in the book include all four weeks of variations, all mixed together. ITs hard to understand what's being sung, not just because of the Latin lyrics, but because of the excessively heavy reverb/echo drenched over the 20 male/female voices.Read more ›
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Music NerdDude on May 24, 2013
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Learning Gregorian Chant seems impossible to accomplish by reading a book which must be why this book includes a CD. From working with this, its especially useful for anyone who's not familiar with Latin or has a heart to sing to God.
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