Western Plainchant A Handbook

By: Hiley, David

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Xcvii, 661 pp. Bibliography, indices. Illustrated with plates, tables and maps. Large octavo. Dark grey soft cover with green medieval manuscript. Corner curl, some minor wear. Interior has some pencil underlining and marginalia, particularly at the beginning, but still usable and respectable. "Plainchant is the oldest substantial body of music that has been preserved in any shape or form. It was first written down in Western Europe in the eighth to ninth centuries. Many thousands of chants have been sung at different times or places in a multitude of forms and styles, respondingto the differing needs of the church through the ages. This book provides a clear and concise introduction, designed both for those to whom the subject is new and those who require a reference work for advanced study. It begins with an explanation of the liturgies that plainchant was designed toserve. It describes all the chief genres of chant, different types of liturgical book, and plainchant notations. After an exposition of early medieval theoretical writing on plainchant, Hiley provides a historical survey that traces the constantly changing nature of the repertory. He alsodiscusses important musicians and centers of composition. Copiously illustrated with over 200 musical examples, this book highlights the diversity of practice and richness of the chant repertory in the Middle Ages. It will be an indispensable introduction and reference source on this importantmusic for many years to come. "; Clarendon Paperbacks; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 760 pages

Title: Western Plainchant A Handbook

Author Name: Hiley, David

Categories: Religion - Liturgy, Music,

Publisher: Oxford, Clarendon Press: 1997

ISBN Number: 0198165722

ISBN Number 13: 9780198165729

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 10388

Keywords: Chant Plainchant Latin Chant Gregorian Chant,