Gregorian Chant will never be understood
without the text which has priority on the melody
It is vocal music, which means that it is sung
Its Rhythm is free
and its writing differs from that of the modern music writing.
It is Modal music.
The stage in which it is interpreted
is the liturgy of the Church.
Gregorian Chant is written on four line staffs.
The notes are named square point
(punctum cuadratum) or sloping point (punctum inclinatum) that can
be simple or grouped in Neumes.
The clefs used are of C and of F
which can be in the second, third or fourth line.
musical rhythm is the arrangement of the sounds with base in the
distinction among those with impulse character, called ARSIS,
and those that have character of rest, called THESIS.
This classification starts on the smallest
groups of sounds and goes relating them in more and more wide contexts,
through different stages of rhythmic synthesis, in a unifier process.
In Gregorian chant the synthesis is carried out
by means of three stages: elementary rhythms, groups and great rhythm.
Chironomy is the way that conductor
uses to move his hands in order to show the rhythmic elements of
the musical work and their different shades; the purpose of Chironomy
is to achieve the most perfect interpretation.
The two fundamental movements are
those that describe the arsis and the thesis.
is a modal music written in scales of very particular sounds, which
serve to wake up varied feelings, like withdrawal, happiness, sadness,
good history sketch in spanish can be found on the Web site of Monasterio
de Santo Domingo de Silos (Burgos, Spain). We have translated
here having in mind the authorization of using it only for documental
or cultural purposes.