Chant was THE music of worship for Jews and Christians until after 1500; it remains the "normative" music of the Catholic and Orthodox churches, is sometimes used by Anglicans and Presbyterians, and is a source for many modern hymn tunes. Unlike hymns (and almost all other music heard in the modern Western world), Chant rhythm is not based on regular meters traceable back to dance forms, but on the rhythm of the words being sung. Chant also retains a notion of harmony fundamentally different from the keys, modulations, and even scales typical of Western art and popular music. [Editor's note: this category primarily includes links to collections of links, as I know very little of the subject. Fortunately, there are several excellent link collections out there. Also, I'd encourage anyone with interest and knowledge of the subject to donate their time to this part of the Open Directory Project.]
An excellent short description and history of Gregorian chant with links to more info.
Description and history of Western plain chant, the precursor to Gregorian chant.
[links] to introductions; midi files; organizations; publishers;
Website of the Church Music Association of America. Lists officers, publications,educational events including Gregorian chant instruction classes.
(recommended introductory recordings for sale; links)
History and tradition of Georgian Sacred Music
[hymnology, 1 midi] (hosted by Besiki Sisauri) [the Caucasus republic, not the North American state.]
[history; notation; fonts; links; calendar of events] (London, England)
(from Saint John's Abbey, (Order of St. Benedict) Collegeville, MN USA.)
[links; studies; history; recordings; organizations] This group is dedicated to the study and performance of Gregorian chant
Gregorian Chant in the Tradition of Monastic Life. Full length article in German.
Gregorian Chant recordings, with a dose of new age mysticism.
[commercial: recordings; books; scores] Publishing arm of the Community of Jesus, an ecumenical monastic community in the Benedictine tradition.
[English, French, Spanish] A center for the study of Gregorian Chant. Information about retreats, and a virtual tour.
Free congregational liturgical music for Orthodox and Catholic communities, using traditional eccelesiastical chant (and mostly adapted from chant.)
This choir at the Cathedral of Santa Maria, Florence, aims to rediscover the tradition of Gregorian Chant. Details of their CDs and performances.
[links] hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church In Canada
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