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The Christian West and its singers : the first thousand years

Author: Christopher Page
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2010.
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"Beginning in the time of the New Testament, when Christians began to develop an art of ritual singing with an African and Asian background, Christopher Page traces the history of music in Europe through the development of Gregorian chant--a music that has profoundly influenced the way Westerners hear--to the invention of the musical staff, regarded as the fundamental technology of Western music. Page places the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Page
ISBN: 9780300112573 0300112572
OCLC Number: 420939523
Description: xxiii, 692 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: A prospect of the sea : the Roman circuit --
The god of the household and his music --
Echoes of Christian music at community meals and elsewhere --
Psaltes and lector : towards a ministry of singing --
Lectors in Rome and elsewhere --
The psalmody of urban house-ascetics --
Deacons as readers and psalmists in the fourth and fifth centuries --
A new political order, and two singers from Gaul --
Schooling to silence the layman's voice --
Ministers of music in the sixth-century kingdoms : deacons and cantors --
Schooling singers in the cathedrals 450-650 --
Schooling singers in Rome --
Steering in distant waters by the Roman lighthouse --
Pippin and his singers, I : thrones, dominations, powers --
Pippin and his singers, II : music for a Frankish-Roman imperium --
Singers of the ninth century : Metz and the palatine chapel --
Singers, sounds and symbols --
Composing for singers 900-1100, I : scholars in the service of saints --
Composing for singers 900-1100, II : courtliness and other modes --
"In our time, of all men, singers are the most foolish" : Guido of Arezzo and the invention of the stave --
Bringing singers to book : Rudolf of Sint Truiden and Guido's invention --
Singers in the making of Europe.
Responsibility: Christopher Page.

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Traces the rise and consolidation of singers and their art in the Christian West. This book is suitable for historians, musicologists, performing musicians and the general reader keen to explore the  Read more...

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"Shrewd and perceptive... Virtually every sentence bristles with detail and the meticulous care required to negotiate such complex and contested territory."--Jeremy Begbie, Books and Culture -- Read more...

 
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