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Liturgical Chant Books
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The Roman breviary (Breviarium Ecclesiae Romanae) and missal (Missale Romanum) consolidate what was originally a wide variety of liturgical books designed for the use of specific participants in the liturgy. This article lists the books that were used by singers in both the mass and the daily office (Liturgy of the hours). Chant texts (later texts and melodies) were often first collected on short scrolls (rotuli) and in small books (libelli), which usually contained the chants (Chant and song) for a specific (often new) feast. These documents were then c…

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Flynn, William T., “Liturgical Chant Books”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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