Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Rhythm of Plainsong

~from The New Liturgical Movement by Jeffrey Tucker
At last, at last, I'm pleased to announce that there is a source for understanding the old-style Solesmes approach to rhythm: The Rhythm of Plainsong by Dom Gajard (1943).

This marvelous book strikes me as the best overall defense of the Mocquereau approach to the rhythm of Gregorian chant, with Gajard clearly explaining, in non-technical terms, what is historical, what is deduced from musical understanding, and what is pure speculation.

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