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THE CHURCH MUSICIANS BOOKSHELF'

SERIES II NO.4


BASIC GREGORIAN CHANT


AND

SIGHT READING


M~OVABLE DO EDITION

By

Sister Mary Demetria, B.V.M.

Pllblished hy

GREGORIAN INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
2 I 3 2 J e f fer s on ,A v e n u e • T ole d 0 2, 0 h i 0

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

For kind permission to use copyrighted material, acknowledgment
is hereby made to the following:

Messrs. Rushworth and Dreaper Ltd., 11 Islington, Liverpool,
England, for freely quoting Lessons 33-,37 (pp. 75-90) from Gajard,
DOlll Joseph, The Rhythm ofPlainsong. I
The Gregorian Institute of America for method of chant conducting
for Lessons 38 and 39, from The Technique of Gregorian Chironomy,
by J. Robert Carroll; for lessons in Psalmody (pages 99-100) from
The Catholic Choirmaster Course, by Very Rev. Msgr. Joseph
T. Kush, S.T.B.; from An Applied Course In Gregorian Chant,
translated from the French by J. Robert Carroll.

Solesmes rhythmic signs used with the permission of the proprietors,
Desclee and Company, Tournai, Belgium

Copyright 1960 by


GREGORIAN INSTITUTE OF ~MERICA�

International Copyright Secured


Printed in U.S.A.

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Ex. 63. Clef!

• - I __ I

Ex. 64.

• I I
i •• • ••• • •.. . :~. . .. ..


Ex. 65.
,. I

Ex. 66. Clef!·

.. ~c·· • .. :�
Ex. 67.

,. - •• I _ .. - ~ '. - -. - .. • .. I. · · b. •. ~

The Climacus Resupinus

The \vord resupinus (meaning" higher ") is used to designate a neume
to \\'hich has been added one note chigher. The Clinzacus Resupinus:

t!" _ .. ,. -
1 ._

Do-ti-sol-la

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Ex. 68.

)


de - Ie - hi - tur
I,

\ Turn to page 33 1 and study the rule for placing the ictus on neumes.
Notice how. that at the first word in Ex. 70 we have an example of an

) exception to this rule.' Therefore the first note of this neume will become
count three and will belong to the preceding podatus.


Count each line carefully.

Sing the words and beat time.


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S, -:---­
I • ~ .jj.. -

Observe the ictus on th~~ third 'note in each neume and give it count
one.. Keep the binary rhythnl even.

Ex. 69. (The Climacus may have many descending notes.)

II _
III , ... .T.

I •• , , • • ~~:-----
I ~1 2? ~, ~r-.""'.'t-----..

Practise carefully the ternary measure in this exercise. Do not let it
accclcratc into a modern triplet. Practise with taJla; keep hands down
until count three of the ternary group. ,

Ex. 70. Excerpts from the Gregorian repertoire.

From the Antiphon* Lux perpc:tua
~~... .
---,-----1f\ r-.· ;.· •

et ae - ter - ni - tas tern - po - rum

Ex. 71.
From the Alleluia Verse

erastina de;

~.t. "..: I
.~ , ~---~~--------

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