The book ends with a similarly thorough accounting of the plainchant
Proper Mass for St.
During the service several plainchant
melodies newly transcribed from the document were performed.
The Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz recently saw huge success with their platinum-selling album of plainchant
Divina auxiliante gratia (hereafter Divina) is a fifteenth-century music theory compendium whose content is drawn exclusively from the Lucidarium of Marchetto of Padua, a seminal work on plainchant
theory by the leading music theorist of the Italian Trecento.
The musical traditions of Catholic institutions incorporated plainchant
and polyphony, while city life was bustling with sounds of trumpets, pealing church bells, and minstrel performers.
It is tightly focussed on the plainchant
and musical historians will not find any reference to polyphony, harmony, dissonance and other changes occurring round about the same time as the new feast.
Of special interest here are the extended discussions of two works with considerable plainchant
notation, the Bangor Pontifical and the Penpont Antiphoner.
Origins of the Plainchant
, differences between secular and sacred music, and origins of opera are all covered, as are intriguing portraits of many famous composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss among others.
The main theme of this movement is the Dies Irae from the medieval plainchant
Maurice Durufle's more eruptive version is particularly moving in the plainchant
melodies of the ``Agnus Dei,'' gliding with graceful, impressionistic harmonies toward the ultimate negation.
But as a graduate student at Stanford University in the early 1970s, I became part of a plainchant
choir that sang one Mass a weekend in the chapel of St.
Clearly the performers using these volumes are expected to be self-sufficient; and they will certainly need to be in finding a suitable pitch for the alternatim Salve Regina a 4, whose plainchant
is presented in the customary first mode but whose polyphony employs the written pitches of high chiavette, a 4th above.