How to Read and Sing Gregorian Chant

Not everyone will agree with all the ideas, conclusions, and methods put forth below. However, it is hoped that some will find these lessons useful. As time goes on, the lessons will be expanded upon, with even more examples being included. Also, if readers notice errors and mistakes, these can be corrected.  — Jeff Ostrowski, June 2012

With a little effort, anybody can learn how to read Gregorian chant! However, as a teacher, it is difficult to know where to begin and what progression to follow. No doubt some singers will, with profit, go through the following lessons “out of order.”

   Lesson 1: The Principles of “Movable Do”

   Lesson 2: Intervallic Relationships

   Lesson 3: Do Clef and Fa Clef

   Lesson 4: A Practical Example

   Lesson 5: Names of the Notes

   Lesson 6: The Vatican Edition of the Chant

   Lesson 7: Syllabic Moræ Vocis in the Vatican Edition

   Lesson 8: Salicus vs. Scandicus

   Lesson 9: Ecclesiastical Pronunciation of Latin

   Lesson 10: Modality and Psalm Tones

   Lesson 11: Thoughts on Gregorian Rhythm

Rare Recordings from the 1904 Gregorian Congress:

   Don Antonio Rella Recording from 1904 (video)

   Introit • “Gaudeamus” — Dom Joseph Pothier Recording from 1904 (video)

   Alleluia • “Assumpta est Maria” — Dom Joseph Pothier Recording from 1904 (video)

   Communion • “Optimam partem” — Dom Joseph Pothier Recording from 1904 (video)

   Sequence • “Veni Sancte Spiritus” — Baron Rudolf Kanzler Recording from 1904 (video)

   Introit • “Sacerdotes” — Dom André Mocquereau Recording from 1904 (video)

   Alleluia • “Fac nos innocuam” — Dom André Mocquereau Recording from 1904 (video)

   Introit • “Resurrexi” — Dom André Mocquereau Recording from 1904 (video)

   Gradual • “Haec Dies” — Dom André Mocquereau Recording from 1904 (video)

   Alleluia • “Pascha Nostrum” — Dom André Mocquereau Recording from 1904 (video)

To be added at a later date:

    Different Kinds of Chants (Introits, Graduals, Alleluias, Offertories, etc.)
    The Origin of Written Music and the Early Gregorian MSS
    Where to Learn More and Practice Chanting
    In Depth Treatment of the Solesmes Ictus and Arsis & Thesis
    Can Gregorian Chant be Sung in English?
    Contemporary Scholarship and Its Challenges

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