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introit

RC Church Church of England a short prayer said or sung as the celebrant is entering the sanctuary to celebrate Mass or Holy Communion
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These consist of introits, graduals, tracts, alleluias, offertories and the communion verses, and sequences for special feats.
It was not possible, however, for members of the schola to complete this ambitious design for the rest of the church year except with the more manageable introits and communions.
Brian Power opens a musicological can of worms in his study of polyphonic introits in Trent 93 and demonstrates that performers who wish to hear these pieces will need to be creative, interpreting the meaning of missing sections, working around what are clearly mistakes, and deciding whether or not to improvise apparently missing parts.
Many of these are very short selections of Gregorian chant (offertories, introits, and others), but the list also includes some traditional tunes, and works by Hildegard von Bingen and Guillaume de Machaut.
The seventh essay treats a neumatic genre, Introits, similarly.
In the Gregorian introits, for example, he sees "a brief glimpse of the schola cantorum at work on the introit cycle" (p.
163) and alludes to the great number of Gregorian chant introits that open with the same pitches.
Although not well known today, Contino must have been quite a successful composer in his own time, for in 1560 and 1561, the Venetian printer Girolamo Scotto published what amounted to the composer's "opera omnia" (Jane Bernstein, Music Printing in Renaissance Venice: The Scotto Press [1539-1572] [New York: Oxford University Press, 1998], 200) that consisted of one volume each of introits, madrigals (with two more now lost), Masses, Lamentations (reprinted in 1588), hymns, and three books of motets (two for five voices and one for six).
These manuscripts contain tropes, sequences (both with and without text), verses for Introits and Communions (including many interesting versus ad repetendum), chants of the Mass Ordinary with Greek texts, and various other items.