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By James McKinnon

From the sequence reading the improvement of song in particular locations in the course of specific occasions, this ebook appears at historical and medieval song, from Classical and Christian antiquity to the emergence of the Gregorian chant and the medieval city and Court.

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Before undertaking the most cursory application of our hypothesis to the other Western liturgical dialects, it is necessary to emphasize the unique circumstances existing at Rome. Chapter IV attempts to explain how the Roman liturgical and musical developments of the time could have been produced only by a body like the Schola Cantorum, where, over a period of a generation or more, an annual cycle of feasts was firmly established, text formularies specific to each feast were determined and musical settings for each formulary were either adapted from existing material or freshly composed, with much of the prodigious repertory being committed to memory.

This is curious in a discipline that appeared on the other hand to maintain a rather uncritically positive position on 32 Early Western Civilization the significance of the Renaissance. One had to forgive students their confusion over the apparent contradiction, and it was not enough simply to distinguish between an Italian Renaissance and a northern 'waning of the Middle Ages' (to borrow the English-language title of Johan Huizinga's classic work on the subject). Even if one concentrates exclusively upon the north, there are serious difficulties with looking upon the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries simply as a time of'waning'.

Possibly the most extreme antiquarian gesture was Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim's bronze column, decorated with scenes from the life of Christ but modelled after the Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius he had admired when visiting Rome. The Romanesque, primarily an architectural phenomenon, was not regal in its auspices but monastic, nor was it selfconsciously antiquarian in spite ofits employment of the rounded Roman arch. And although it spread over most of Europe eventually, its geographical base stood in similarly sharp contrast to that of imperial art.

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