Introduction to Gregorian Chant [With CD]
Crocker explains Gregorian chant and its functions within modern Catholic liturgy as well as its position outside this liturgy, where the modern listener may hear it just as music. He describes the origins of the chant in the early Middle Ages, details its medieval development and use, and considers how it survived without, and later with, musical notation. The author probes the paradoxical position of the chant in monastic life -- serving as an expression of liturgical fellowship on one hand and as the medium of solitary mystic ascent on the other. The book also includes a detailed commentary on each of twenty-six complete chants performed by the author on the accompanying compact disc.
Yale University Press, 9780300083101, 248pp.
Publication Date: April 10, 2000