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 Anglo-Saxon Music (449-1066?)
Author: ClarinetQween 
Date:   1999-09-23 22:10

I am doing a report for school on music during the Anglo-Saxon time period which is 449-1066 AD. I was wondering of there were any other types of music besides Gregorian Chant during this time period and if so what was it? This would help me so much because I was unfortunate to get stuck with a time period so early in muscal history. I am so sad about that but oh well i have to make the best of it i guess. Thany you much in advance for all of the information (Web sites, books, kind of instruments etc.) that you can give me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU!!!
-ClarinetQween

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 RE: Anglo-Saxon Music (449-1066?)
Author: Marci 
Date:   1999-09-24 00:13

I am in a Medieval-Renaissance music history course right now, and I may have some stuff to help you. First of all, Gregorian Chant is a term that completely generalizes the music in the time of Pope Gregory. If you take a closer look at this music, it becomes more interesting and it begins to make sense. As you may or may not know, Gregorian Chant is based on the church and the monastic life. Some chants have a different function on a different day, and the chant styles themselves vary. Some are written for the Mass and some for the Offices. In addition to Gregorian Chant, which was monophonic, there were also works of polyphony that were brought about in the time periods you specified. One interesting aspect is the music brought about by the Troubadors and Trouvares in France in the latter part of the 11th century. Actually, the Troubadors start around 1070, so I don't know if that will work with your topic. Anyway, the T & T wrote and sang about courtly love. It is kind of like the King Arthur time, when things get more interesting. I have much more information that I could share with you if you'd like about any of the music of this time period, but I don't want to bore the rest of the BB with details! (I don't know what or how many details you want.) Feel free to email me about any of this, and I can give you more info or books and web sites to check out for your particular interest. My email address is KlarinetteMG@hotmail.com . Hope this helps a little!

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 RE: Anglo-Saxon Music (449-1066?)
Author: ClarinetQween 
Date:   1999-09-24 00:18

I forgot to mention... In Engish (Brittish) History would be nice!! Thanks a bunch Marci!!
-ClarinetQween:)

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 RE: Anglo-Saxon Music (449-1066?)
Author: 'nifer 
Date:   1999-09-24 00:23

Actually... pope Gregory writing the chant is a myth.. but there were also troubadours and trouveres in france.. the troubadours in the south and the trouveres in the north.. although the trouveres came at a later time period.. the dates escape me at this moment.. if you would like more info.. e-mail me and I can try to be of more aid to you..

'nifer

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 More on pope Gregory
Author: 'nifer 
Date:   1999-09-24 00:29

Pope Gregory came before much of the chant that we recognise as "gregorian Chant", The myth is that Pope Gregory wrote all of the Gregorian chant inspired by the Holy Spirit but it is probibly not true because of three reasons.
1. Pope Gregory was not a musician.
2. Much of the Gregorian chant repitoire was written north of the alps.
3. Many of the Chants were written in the 7-8-9 centuries.

hope that clears some up!
'nifer

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 RE: Anglo-Saxon Music (449-1066?)
Author: Ken Shaw 
Date:   1999-09-24 17:51

ClarinetQween wrote:
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I am doing a report for school on music during the Anglo-Saxon time period which is 449-1066 AD. I was wondering of there were any other types of music besides Gregorian Chant during this time period and if so what was it? This would help me so much because I was unfortunate to get stuck with a time period so early in muscal history. I am so sad about that but oh well i have to make the best of it i guess. Thany you much in advance for all of the information (Web sites, books, kind of instruments etc.) that you can give me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU!!!
-ClarinetQween


CQ -

A good guide to early music on the Web is the Early Music Guild at http://www.halcyon.com/emg/EM.www.html

Any music library, and probably any public library, will have two standard (college) textbooks: Duckles, "Music Reference and Research Materials" and Grout, "A History of Western Music."

Go to Alta Vista, http://www.altavista.com/
and search on:
+"anglo saxon" +music
I tried this and got 36460 "hits," and the first one looked very nice.

You can also go to the library and look up the subject in the Encyclopedia Britannica, or use an encyclopedia you have at home. Most new computers come with Encarta or another encyclopedia on CD-ROM.

Now to the other issue. I have played and sung lots of early music and have found that I understand classical music much better because I know what it evolved from. You were not "unfortunate." You have the extreme *good* fortune to get to know some wonderful music you've never heard of before. You learn to make the best music by opening doors, not closing them.

You have the whole world of music before you. Take a stroll to another part of the forest. It will open your ears. If you're anything like me, you will never forget the first time you hear those "new" old sounds.

Have a great adventure.

Ken Shaw

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 RE: Anglo-Saxon Music , Celtic also?
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   1999-09-24 21:43

Many thanx, C Q, for asking and starting a very interesting-educational thread, and Marci for the Greg. Chants we've all heard about and of which I know little. I suggest as additional references the Larousse Ency.? of music and Groves Dict., both in a good library. Don

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