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Chant texts and cantus firmi

This guide provides access and information on melodies and texts of Gregorian chants for those involved in the study and performance of these works.

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Introduction

This guide provides access and information on melodies and texts of Gregorian chants for those involved in the study and performance of these works.

General reference works on chant

  • Hiley, David. Western Plainchant: A Handbook. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993. ML 3082 H54 1993

    • General reference book on chant with bibliography

    • Covers the liturgy: Mass, Office, Ceremonies of Holy Week, and other services

    • Psalm tones, antiphons, introits, hymns, sequences, and tropes

    • Liturgical books with commentary

    • Notation

  • Hiley, David. Gregorian Chant. Cambridge Introductions to Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. ML 3082 H53 2009

    • Intended for those less familiar with chant and liturgy

  • Hughes, Andrew. Medieval Music: The Sixth Liberal Art. Rev. ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980. ML 114 H8 1980

    • Temporarily available online through HathiTrust Emergency Access service
    • Annotated bibliography

    • Contains general reference works, including manuscript catalogues, general histories, texts, collections, critical editions, philosophy and music literature, and notation

    • Covers Byzantine music, plainsong, tropes, sequences, liturgical drama, medieval song, the Notre Dame School, 13th-century motet and conductus

  • Apel, Willi. Gregorian Chant. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1958. ML 3082 A64

    • Temporarily available online through HathiTrust Emergency Access service
    • General reference book on chant

    • Provides a brief introductory history of the liturgy including liturgical structure

    • Information on chant based on text, notation, tonality, and methods and forms, as well as stylistic differences

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