Vocal timbres, if nowhere near as strident as in the latter, are nevertheless very strong, and here and there (particularly in the plainsong
proper sections) vocal inflections give a hint of the much more vigorous ornamentations of the Machaut.
Though the plainsong
tradition prevailed in the cathedral and the parish churches, the sumptuous Dominican chapel supported by Florentine immigrants doubtless helped shape the demand for sacred polyphony.
As the verse moves among artistic registers and poetic techniques - from plainsong
, through doggerel, to apocalyptic poetry - it translates its different social and psychic locations into a kind of communal relation.
There is also a welcome introductory essay by Professor Hiley on the history of the Plainsong
and Mediaeval Music Society, and there are three indexes.
Matthews and Roberts first formed Plainsong
in 1972, with the idea of celebrating the best of songwriting.
Every Christmas, the sale of records of Carthusian monks singing plainsong
Anglicans, it is supposed, sang formally in the plainsong
From the Vaults of Westminster Cathedral" finds the Choir singing settings from Advent to Christmas and Epiphany, including music by Victoria, Monteverdi and Byrd, some plainsong
, and works from The Vaults by composers who worked at the Cathedral.
The Vespers possess an undulating hypnotic quality typical of the sound of the Russian Orthodox Church, requiring a strong bass line, as produced here, and quite separate from the plainsong
and tight polyphony of Western liturgy.
So, would it be the Festival Choral, the Bach Choir, the Tipton Madrigals Group or the Weoley Castle Plainsong
They will be joined by organist Charles Matthews and Helen Pryce on harp, for an evening of plainsong
, medieval songs, traditional carols and seasonal readings.
Chant for Mass:Gregorian chant is also called plainsong
and is a form of unaccompanied singing which takes its name from Pope St Gregory the Great.