In our discussion on 9/13, we focused principally on the role of Gregorian Chant in the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. While some Catholic and Anglican churches continue to incorporate chant into their services, Gregorian Chant is probably best known today through the commercially successful recordings of the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo and their many imitators. Celebrated for its serenity and spiritual qualities, Gregorian Chant appears to have found a small place in popular culture as music for meditation—though not necessary related to its original function in the Catholic Church. What do you think of the modern-day chant Renaissance? What happens to Gregorian Chant when divorced from its original liturgical context? What are the pros and cons of the commercial marketing of the Chant recordings? Do the commercialization and popularization of Gregorian Chant detract from its sacred nature, or are they necessary for keeping alive an almost-extinct repertory? Your response need not address all of these questions, and may certainly incorporate other ideas as well. Feel free to draw on personal experience, discuss recent waves in the news or the Internet (cited, of course), and respond to the postings of your classmates. I only ask that your response be 1-2 paragraphs in length, well-organized, and proofread for spelling and grammar. To receive full credit, please post your response no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 23.
Listen to this (Incipt lamentatio) track and then comment with your thoughts about