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Gregorian Chants: The Illustrated History of Religious Chanting [Hardcover]

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Chanting has been used in religious ceremonies since mankind first learnt to vocalise. All ancient peoples have used chanting as a way of altering consciousness and putting themselves in touch with the Divine. The flowering of the chant was reached in the early 9th century when Pope Gregory the Great made a collection of Roman chants and
assigned them specific places within the liturgy. These are known as Gregorian chants and there are over three thousand different Gregorian chants extant today. Contains a CD of 16 of the most beautiful Gregorian chants.

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Studio: Mercury Books
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 10.25" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   2.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2005
Publisher   Mercury Books
ISBN  1904668526  
ISBN13  9781904668527  

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So full of errors I don't know where to begin  Jul 16, 2007
The pictures in this book are beautiful, the words in the book are so riddled with anti-Catholic non-truths that it makes one question the validity of anything that Mr. Shearing has to say. Early in the book he gives a 'history' of the Catholic faith that I believe he took straight from the pages of one of Dan Brown's novels. Some examples:
- Early Christians never believed that Jesus was divine
- Constantine founded the Roman Catholic Church and appointed it Popes
- The 'brothers' of Jesus started what became the Eastern Orthodox Church
- The Church was forced to adopt the idea that Jesus was divine to assuage the 'divine' Constantine.

The list goes on and on.

I am comforted in knowing that I bought this book used and did not support this anti-Catholic author with my purchase.
Catholics stay away  Nov 28, 2005
The book skims quickly the history of the Gregorian Chant, but a thorough investigation begs elsewhere. And Catholics are advised to stay away since it includes perspectives on other chants of varying religions and the author himself is a druid, having lost the straight path, lost in the dark woods. In addition, the CD compilations are without accompanying annotations making a study of them not possible and, alas, its selections, in my opinion, mediocre. Not worth the excursion.
A fine and detailed survey of the technical forms of Gregorian chant and its evolutionary process  Sep 5, 2005
Anyone with an interest in the powerful religious music of the traditional Gregorian Chant will relish Colin Shearing's strikingly illustrated, informed and informative history, which pairs a music cd with a history of chant from ancient Egyptian times to its heyday in the early 9th century. Religious history, social history, and music history all blend together in a fine and detailed survey of the technical forms of Gregorian chant and its evolutionary process.

popular introduction to Gregorian chants with CD  Jan 26, 2005
Most of the content is on the Gregorian chants of the Catholic Church. But there is some material on the precedent of religious chanting in early and classical Mediterranean cultures, and also short sections on chanting in the world's other major religions. Gregorian chants getting their name from Pope Gregory of the late sixth century are regarded as the most mature development of Christian chanting. This Pope is "believed to be responsible for arranging the Gregorian chants which became the central pieces in religious services" with his historic reformation of Roman Catholic liturgy. Shearing puts the Gregorian chants in the context of the history of the Catholic Church, and discloses how spiritual and ecclesiastical concerns shaped them. Some technical, musicological, material on them is also included. This heavily illustrated relatively popular treatment of the chants is fortuitous considering their popularity on CDs, which takes them out of their religious context. The CD with this book contains 16 Gregorian chants. Shearing is a writer and lecturer who has traveled widely in pursuit of his spiritual interests.

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