2008年3月31日 星期一

Gregorian chants, lifetime


chant


━━ n. 歌; (鳥・虫などの)歌; (祈祷書の)聖歌; 詠唱; 単調な話しぶり.
━━ v. 歌う, 吟じる; 単調に話す; たたえ歌う; ほめそやす.
chant・er ━━ n. 詠唱者; 聖歌隊のリーダー; 聖歌隊員; (バグパイプの)主管.

Old Roman chant is a liturgical repertory of melodies which survives in MSS of the 11th-13th centuries but can be traced to at least the 8th. It is no longer thought that ‘Gregorian’ chant represents Roman chant in the time of Gregory (590-604) but that it originated in the Frankish Empire c 800, with the introduction of the Roman liturgy there; Old Roman chant was the Roman version of this Gregorian chant. The Roman tradition continued to develop until the 11th century, absorbing certain Frankish elements; it was finally ousted by Gregorian chant in Rome in the high Middle Ages. Standard melodic formulae and melismas are less clearly outlined and less stable in some parts of the Old Roman repertory, and the melodic lines have less flexibility than in Gregorian chant.


Inside Europe | 29.03.2008 | 15:05

Austrian monks celebrate the record deal of a lifetime

An Austrian group has won a major recording contract with Universal Music.

The group was selected after a world-wide competition and their first recording is expected to be an instant hit. But this is no new-wave band - in fact it can claim an 800 year old tradition - because it's the monks of Heiligenkreuz Abbey near Vienna who've been chosen by Universal Music to record their Gregorian chants. Kerry Skyring reports.


LIFETIME was found in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary at the entries listed below.


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