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Gregorian Chant
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“Gregorian chant” is the collective name and stylistic designation for the (medieval) tradition and repertory collected in liturgical books of the monodic, originally unaccompanied chant of the liturgy of Roman Catholic ritual. The designation derives from a legend arising in connection with the Frankish reception of the Roman liturgy in the eighth and ninth centuries, one identifying Pope Gregory I (590–604) as the author or editor fi…

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Eham, Markus, “Gregorian Chant”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G257>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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