When you listen to Gregorian chant/plain chant such as”Ave, Rex noster, fili David” (link below), do you feel that it”stands alone,” or do you feel that it could use harmony, more regular rhythm, or even musical instruments to be more effective? Why?

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    Gregorian Chant – “Dies Irae”

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    Itzhak Perlman Vivaldi The Four Seasons Spring

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    Handel – Messiah – Hallelujah Chorus

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    J.S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor

    One of the most famous chants is Dies Irae. It was composed in the 13th century. It is a typical example of a Gregorian Chant. It is religious, as was almost all music of the time. It features monks chanting religious text.

    Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” is by far his most famous work. Out of that work came “Spring”, which is perhaps one of the most recognizable melodies ever written.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKthRw4KjEg

    Handel’s “Messiah” is a longer composition than most people know. The Hallelujah chorus is what most people remember or know from the entire piece. It is a religious piece that is composed in typical Baroque fashion.

    There isn’t a child who loves Halloween that is not familiar with this melody. It is dark, almost sinister. This is a great example of the type of organist that Bach was. This also shows the use of counterpoint within a Baroque composition.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4JQZb83oCc

    Supplemental Resources:

    Below are a few pieces of supplemental reading material that illustrate the connections between the Middle Age, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

    The Middle Ages

    The Renaissance

    The Baroque Age

  • Unit 2 DB: Gregorian Chants

    When you listen to Gregorian chant/plain chant such as”Ave, Rex noster, fili David” (link below), do you feel that it”stands alone,” or do you feel that it could use harmony, more regular rhythm, or even musical instruments to be more effective? Why?

    Ave, Rex noster, fili David

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