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Last reply by: Yen-Chu Chen
Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:06 PM

Post by Ruth Giauque on August 26, 2012

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  • Monophony: one voice that presents liturgical text
  • Three kinds: Syllabic, Neumatic, and Melismatic
  • Used early neume notation or block notation
  • Used church modes, which were either Authentic or Plagal
  • Dominant style for hundreds of years
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4q6eaLn2mY


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  • Intro 0:00
  • What is Chant? 0:13
    • Importance of the Catholic Church in Music History
    • Monophony
    • Examples of Chant
  • Chant Characteristics 3:40
    • Syllabic: One Note of Music for Each Syllable of Text
    • Neumatic: One Neume (Two of Three Notes) for Each Syllable of Text
    • Melismatic: Numberous Notes Occur for Each Syllable of Text
    • Classes of Chant
    • Antiphonal: Chants with Phrases Sung by Alternating Choirs
    • Responsorial: Chant Sung By Soloist with Response by Choir
  • Notation 6:39
    • Block Notation and Neumes
    • Rhythm is not a Primary Focus of Chant
  • Church Modes 8:49
    • Authentic vs. Plagal
    • Dorian Starts on D
    • Phrygian Starts on E, Lydian Starts on F, Mixolydian Starts on G
    • Hypodorian: Down Four, Starts On a Different Note
    • Hypophyrgian, Hypolydian, Hypomixolydian
  • Review 11:41
    • Monophony
    • Syllabic, Neumatic, Melismatic
    • Neume Notation, Block Notation
    • 8 Church Modes (Authentic, Plagal)
    • What Are The 8 Church Modes?
    • What is the Difference Between Authentic and Plagal Modes?