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Gregorian Chant – A guide to interpretation and conducting

Rens Tienstra’s ‘Gregorian Chant: a guide to interpretation and conducting’ brings together the practical experience of chant performance and its long theoretical history. Intended for every plainchant lover who wants to know more about what they are singing and why, it examines such subjects as melody, rhythm, treatment of text and conducting technique, and provides clear references to both the available corpus and the wealth of secondary literature. Practical, inspired and critically aware, this handbook comes to the aid of conductors and singers who want their performances to be historically and theologically grounded as well as musically consistent. Guided by examples from a variety of sources, readers are invited to deepen their understanding of this music which has been a meaningful part of the liturgy for over 1200 years, but in which there is still so much to discover.

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