Introduction to Gregorian Chant

Course Number: IMTH-729-01

Fr. Stephen Concordia, OSB

Fr. Stephen Concordia, O.S.B.

Course Title:  Introduction to Gregorian Chant

Taught by: Fr. Stephen Concordia, O.S.B.

Course Date: Tuesdays 7-8pm from February 9, 2021 to May 18, 2021

Number of Credits: 2

Course description: The ancient roots of Western Christian chant reach as far back as the liturgical gatherings of the earliest Christian communities. Two thousand years later, it continues to fascinate and inspire people everywhere. This course will explore the chant’s place in the life of the Church through the following topics:
1. Gregorian chant: “sung prayer”;
2. Historical overview of Gregorian chant
3. The Gregorian repertoire: cantor, celebrant, schola, assembly
4. The relevance of Gregorian chant
5. The musical style of the chant: "melodic-verbal style"
6. Chant notation and its evolution
7. Gregorian chant: the expressive power of the Word

Introduction to Gregorian Chant is open to all without previous training. It will include singing and/or listening throughout the course and may be taken for credit or for audit.

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