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I. Gregorian Chant

FOR thousands of years men sang in unison, or men and women (or men and boys) sang in octaves, as the different pitch of their voices dictate-which is nearly the same thing as singing in unison.

Then from the singing in parallel octaves was added (Early Organum, about 900-1050) the practice of singing in parallel 5ths and 4ths--all these intervals being of that open, hollow, bare-sounding character which is technically described by the word 'perfect.'

Before long it became evident that an agreeable variety could be obtained by the interspersing amongst these 'perfect' intervals of 'imperfect' ones, say of 3rds and 6ths amongst the 4ths and 5ths and 8ves. This was a broad step forward, for it involved a new conception.

No longer was any voice which accompanied the main theme, or plainsong, compelled to move slavishly with it in parallel, so merely coloring it by the unvaried pigment of a fixed interval; this accompanying part now expressed something of its own individuality, and if there were several such accompanying parts just as many individualities could express themselves. But at the stage we are at present discussing a good deal of parallelism remained, and the development of individuality of parts had not progressed very far.

However, it is evident that nothing but work and time now stood between composers and the perfection of choral style just described and demonstrated, and work and time (another four to four-and-a-half centuries of them) duly brought about this perfection.

MP3-files

PWD=password protected
Songtitle Date Musicians Instruments Recording
Date
Time MP3
Aeterna Christo munera . Claricantus . . 0:35 MP3
Alleluia . Umeå Akademiska Kör . 2001 1:45 MP3
Gaudeamus . Ensemble Vocal de Grenoble . . 2:41 MP3
Introitus Adorate Deum . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 4:02 PWD
Introitus- Da Pacem . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 4:33 PWD
Introitus - Dominus Illuminatio Mea . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 5:45 PWD
Introitus - Laetetur Cor . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 4:06 PWD
Gradualia - Dirigatur . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 3:09 PWD
Gradualia - Domine, Dominus Noste . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 3:22 PWD
Gradualia - Lacta Cogitatum Tuum . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 3:54 PWD
Gradualia - Laetatus Sum . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 3:14 PWD
Versus Alleluiatici - Adorabo . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 2:17 PWD
Versus Alleluiatici - De Profundis . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 3:16 PWD
Versus Alleluiatici - Deus, Iudex Iustus . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 2:51 PWD
Versus Alleluiatici - Laudate Deum . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 1:49 PWD
Offertoria - De Profundis . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 3:26 PWD
Offertoria - Domine, Convertere . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 2:17 PWD
Offertoria - Lubilate Deo Universa Terra . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 7:45 PWD
Offertoria - Lustitiae Domini . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 4:15 PWD
Communiones - Circuibo . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 2:04 PWD
Communiones - Dicit Dominus - Implete Hydrias . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 3:51 PWD
Communiones - Dominus Firmamentum Meum . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 2:23 PWD
Communiones - Qui Manducat . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 2:17 PWD
Communiones - Gustate Et Videte (Psalm 33) . Nova Schola Gregoriana, Alberto Turco . 1992 3:29 PWD

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