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Differences between Gregorian and Roman chant are especially evident in the solo verses of the offertory. The contrast becomes pronounced among offertories assigned to Lent and Paschaltide. A central distinction between offertories of the two traditions is the relationship between melody and text. Eight examples illustrate some of these differences and explore their implications for understanding the relationship between the two dialects. The melodies underwent further development in both dialects after their separation. The sensitivity to the content of the words in some Gregorian offertories is best viewed as a token of the emphasis on literacy in Frankish culture. The Roman tradition developed along different lines, toward an extreme melodic economy upon the aural features of the text.

Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Language English
French
German
Year of
Foundation
1961
Publication
Programme
changed title
Founder Magyar Tudományos Akadémia  
Founder's
Address
H-1051 Budapest, Hungary, Széchenyi István tér 9.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0039-3266 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2888 (Online)