David Hiley – Gregorian Chant

9780521690355cvr.qxdWhat is Gregorian chant, and where does it come from? What purpose does it serve, and how did it take on the form and features which make it instantly recognizable? Designed to guide students through this key topic, this book answers these questions and many more. David Hiley describes the church services in which chant is performed, takes the reader through the church year, explains what Latin texts were used, and, taking Worcester Cathedral as an example, describes the buildings in which it was sung. The history of chant is traced from its beginnings in the early centuries of Christianity, through the Middle Ages, the revisions in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the restoration in the nineteenth and twentieth. (mais…)

PMMS 125th Anniversary

pmms logoThere’s no place like Rome: Centres of music and liturgy before 1550

PMMS members are warmly invited to the AGM study day on 10 July 2013, held at Bedern in the city of York. The day will celebrate the Society’s 125th anniversary with a wine reception and free evening concert of conductus by candlelight, two public lectures and a series of papers held in medieval venues in York city centre. The theme of the day is the exploration of centres of music and liturgy before 1550, and will have a good balance of talks on plainchant and polyphony. Speakers include Roger Bowers, Emma Hornby, Rebecca Maloy, Andrew Kirkman, Jim Borders, Thomas Schmidt, Matthew Ward and Hannah Vlhova.

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Exéquias Solenes de D. Aurélio Granada Escudeiro

Hoje, irei participar nas exéquias solenes, a terem lugar na Sé Catedral de Angra, de D. Aurélio Granada Escudeiro, Bispo de Angra entre 1974 e 1996.

Para além de cantar com o Coro da Sé de Angra, terei duas intervenções em cantochão, com o Offertorium da Missa pro Defunctis e o responsório Libera me, Domine. (mais…)

Peter Jeffery – Re-Envisioning Past Musical Cultures

Re-Envisioning Past Musical CulturesStudying Gregorian chant presents many problems to the researcher because its most important stages of development were not recorded in writing. From the sixth to the tenth century, this form of music existed only in song as medieval musicians relied on their memories and voices to pass each verse from one generation to the next. (mais…)