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How To Read/Sing Chant - Draft

How To Read/Sing Chant - Draft

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Published by Veronica
A first attempt at an insert for my hymnbook "A New Book of Old Hymns". Explaining chant as succinctly as possible without extra jargon. Using Opustex to match the hymnbook, though gregorio and lilypond would be preferable. I have compared "Asperges me" in vatican or solesmes style notation against modern notation with transposition to illustrate the different aim of the old chant.
A first attempt at an insert for my hymnbook "A New Book of Old Hymns". Explaining chant as succinctly as possible without extra jargon. Using Opustex to match the hymnbook, though gregorio and lilypond would be preferable. I have compared "Asperges me" in vatican or solesmes style notation against modern notation with transposition to illustrate the different aim of the old chant.

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Like books on how to speak French, it is best if you can learnby listening. Since that is not always possible here are a fewpointers to help you get started.Chant is written on a four line staff. That gives enough roomfor a comfortable vocal range. The melodies can be sung at what-ever pitch suits the choir, usually around speaking pitch or higher.The
¨ 
clef marks the line for the ‘Do’ note. The
©  
clef marksthe line for the ‘Fa’ note. The notes are read left to right with asteady rhythm following the natural rise and fall of the text.Here is an example.
¨ 
A
-S
¬  ¡
p´er-
¯
ges
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me,
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This neat, compact excerpt could be written like this:
  
As-
        
p´er-
                
ges
        
me,
 
Or a little lower like this:
   
As-
        
p´er-
                
ges
        
me,
 
Can you see the advantage of the first notation? The textgives the spacing of the notes rather than being chopped intosyllables and spread according to time.A few notes are a bit puzzling. The
¯
is a pair of notes sungbottom to top. The
¯
is a trio of three notes, the first two ateither end of the swoosh and finishing with the last note up onthe stick.Dots and dashes roughly double the time the note is held.The volume swells according to the words. Accent marks show

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