Introduction to Gregorian Chant

Learning Objective
Gregorian chant is the basis for the development of Western European music. The objective of this course is to acquire knowledge and insight into the many aspects of the Gregorian chant repertoire, the development of the notation (a-diastematic and diastematic), the interpretation, the different musical forms, repertoires for the office of hours and the mass, aspects of modality and the relation between the Gregorian repertoire and polyphonic music.

Course Content 
Subjects include:
* history and use of notation
* theory of form
* composition techniques of Proprium songs
* history of the interpretation of Gregorian chant
* Gregorian repertoire as a basis for polyphonic vocal and instrumental music

Related electives
* Historiography of Music Theory
* History of the Early Music Movement

Course details

teacher Richard Bot
term lessons: January-April 2020
  Recital: Mass June 7 with Gregorian Songs, Choir & Organ alternatim. Last rehearsal on Friday, May 22, 10.30-11.30; dress rehearsal before the Sunday Mass.
method of instruction Weekly Classes of 90 minutes on Friday (11.30-13.00 or 13:00-14:30). Singing of examples, audio-visual examples of Gregorian Chant and polyphonic repertoire.
assessment * weekly preparation of songs and participation in a Gregorian Mass on June 7 (the 2020 feast of Trinity). NB! These days should already be kept free. See credits.
  * presentation of several papers with an analysis of different Gregorian chants concerning modality and melody type or a special subject on the interpretation and use of Gregorian Chant or about the relation between Gregorian Chant and vocal/instrumental music.
readings and course materials * songbook In hymnis et canticis: Chorbuch Gregorianischer Choral Stuttgart: Carus, 2007
  Cardine, E., Semiologia Gregoriana. Rome: Institut Pontifical de Musiques Sacrées, 1968 (translated in different languages. Optional).
  * handouts/scores
  * sound and visual material
credits 5, only by attendance of 80% of lessons; presentation of several papers and participation in the Gregorian Mass


Information can be obtained from Dr. Richard Bot