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Gregorian Chant (Cambridge Introductions to Music) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521870207
ISBN-10: 0521870208
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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."
James Vincent Maiello, Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association

"... comprehensive, written in a deliberately engaging and accessible manner, and invokes the typical twentieth-century priorities, such as the distinction between 'sacred' and 'secular', 'The Church' viewed as a more or less monolithic entity, the 'evolution' of monastic groups, 'forms' and 'styles', and the notion of 'repertory'."
Nancy van Deusen, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching

Book Description

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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Introductions to Music
  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521870208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521870207
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,949,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the fall of 2009 I remember a voice from the street in Volpaia, Tuscany calling to me, " You must come to the Chiesa (di San Lorenzo) now!". Being a village of 52 citizens, it was but a stone's throw from our rental home to the Chiesa. Soon, in awe, I listened to scholars singing from ancient texts of Gregorian chants. Having experienced Gregorian Mass several times it felt as though we were at the source of that beauty in this centuries-old church in this medieval place.

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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A fantastic primary resource for scholars of chant, music history, medieval studies, etc. David Hiley is a leading expert in Gregorian chant and early music in today's circles. His larger work, "Western Plainchant: A Handbook," are must-haves for any serious student of early music.
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