45) He was the author of El Arte de Musica teorica y practica (Valladolid, 1592), a book with six treatises on plainchant
, vocal polyphony, counterpoint, composition, proportion, and commonplaces, which attempt to explain polyphonic modality in late-Renaissance Spain.
During the service several plainchant
melodies newly transcribed from the document were performed.
Messiaen's claim to have based this section on a plainchant
form can be made more precise.
For instance, polyphony and plainchant
with instrumental accompaniment was performed by nuns in liturgical services.
In eight days or less you can accompany plainchant
, though you don't know even the first sign, and accompany on the organ, although you perhaps don't even know what an organ is.
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.
21) I am citing here the title of the most important treatise/handbook on plainchant
published in Portugal in the eighteenth century: Fr.
And in addition to an education in literature and history, they would have absorbed the music of hymns, from the plainchant
of the early Church, through the German chorale tradition and the Georgian psalmody of the eighteenth century, to the lush harmonies of John Bacchus Dykes and the grandeur of Samuel Sebastian Wesley.
12) In his introduction (separately entitled "Patterns of the Folk Song" on the Vanguard recording of the concert), Robeson traced a musicological genealogy from the present back to the Middle Ages, an unlikely chain of connections that linked: 1) Levi Yitzhak's "Kaddish"; 2) the Czech plainchant
of the Middle Ages; 3) the music of the "Abyssinian Church and the Church of the Sudan"; 4) the African religious festival; 5) the African chant; 6) the music of the African American church; and, finally, 7) the remembered speech-song of his father, the preacher William Robeson.
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.