Photo credit: Fred Pihl "Richard L. Crocker and Hunter Hensley recording the Archive"

Photo credit: Fred Pihl "Richard L. Crocker and Hunter Hensley recording the Archive"

About the Archive

This Gregorian Archive is primarily a collection of recorded solo performances of the nearly six hundred Gregorian melodies provided in the earliest manuscript sources for the chanted Propers of the Roman Mass, as these are available in published facsimiles, online digitized versions, and the modern chantbooks, the Graduale romanum (Vatican 1908) and Graduale triplex (Solesmes 1979), all cited in Resources, below. For each chant, reference is given to the Graduale triplex and to the scholarly historical edition of the words and liturgical context in Hesbert’s Antiphonale missarum sextuplex (1935), also cited below. Also provided as Notes for each modal group of chants, are some technical observations on certain matters of liturgical docmentation and also modal resources.

These recordings along with all other chant recordings made since the beginning of the twentieth century are indexed in the comprehensive listing made by Jerome Weber in chantdiscography.com.

The standard account of research on Gregorian chant is published by David Hiley in Western Plainchant. A Handbook, cited below, along with a small selection of current research that I have found especially useful. My own discussion of research topics relevant to the Archive can be found here under the following headings.

Besides referring each chant to standard sources and tools, I include as Notes, for each group of chants, technical observations on certain matters of liturgical documentation and also modal resources.  You can find my discussion of these matters in more general terms here under the following headings.

Scope and Purpose of the Archive
Repertory and Sources
Versions Ancient and Modern
Musical Notation
Nuance Notation
Some Details of Notations and Performance
Resources