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Certain chants have been discussed in greater detail in the following articles and books.

Jerome F. Weber, "A Century of Chant Recordings," in Calculemus et Cantemus: Towards a Reconstruction of Mozarabic Chant, ed. Geert Maessen (Amsterdam, Gregoriana, 2015), pp. 119-36. This discusses the most significant recordings of Western Plainchant in 8,000 words. The rest of the book is an effort to decipher the neumes of Hispanic chant by using a computer to match chants in other traditions.

Jerome F. Weber, "Gregorian Chant," in Goldberg, No. 19 (June 2002), pp. 48-61. This is an overview of the history of chant from the early liturgy to the present time in less than 5,000 words. For a fundamental understanding of Gregorian chant and its place in liturgy, see Richard L. Crocker, An introduction to Gregorian Chant (Yale, 2000). For a more detailed history of liturgical chant, see David Hiley, Gregorian Chant (Cambridge, 2009). The most detailed treatment of the subject (659 pages) is David Hiley, Western Plainchant A Handbook (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993).

Jerome F. Weber, "The Lost Collection of Chant Cylinders," in Sacred Music, 136:4 (Winter 2009), pp. 57-61. This began as a presentation to the ARSC annual conference in 1996 and was first printed in the ARSC Journal in 1998. Hence the focus is on ARSC's mission of storage and preservation of cultural artifacts.

Jerome F. Weber, "Offertories with Verses on Sound Recordings" and "Discography," in The Offertory and its Verses: Research, Past, Present and Future, ed. Roman Hankeln (Trondheim, Norway, Tapir Academic Press, 2007). pp. 123-51. The papers were originally delivered at a symposium in 2004. Although many recordings both older and newer have been added to the database here since this book was published, the presentation is much more detailed in this article. Search: OFFV For the definitive treatment of the entire subject, see Rebecca Maloy below.

Jerome F. Weber, "Recordings of Neuma Triplex," in The Past and the Present: IMS Intercongressional Symposium 2000 (Budapest, 2003). Seven recordings of Descendit de caelis missus were treated in detail, but the database now shows more than double the number. Search: "PM 27"

Jerome F. Weber, "Laudes Regiae on Records," in Cantus Planus, Niederaltaich 2006 (Budapest, 2009), pp. 667-82. Eighteen recordings of Christus vincit were treated in detail, but others have been added to the database. Search: "CS 263" Listen to the version in "Chant Wars" for a real sense of occasion.

Jerome F. Weber, "The 'Mystery' of Old Spanish [Hispanic] Chant," in Cantus Planus: Lillafred 2004 (Budapest, 2006), pp. 371-83. The treatment of the HISP chants is detailed; some errors, notably in the lamentations, have since been corrected in the database. Search: HISP

Jerome F. Weber, notes for "Gregorian Chant - Early Recordings" (two CDs, Parnassus PACD 96015/16), 1998. The recordings of the monks of Maria Laach were originally not further credited; the names of the director and organist were taken from the article by Dom Adelard Bouvilliers cited in the bibliography. In 2006, on a visit to the abbey, I was informed of their true identities, which are given in the database here.

Jerome F. Weber, notes for "Gregorian Chant: The Office - The Mass - Varia" (four CDs, Archiv 00289 479 2593), 2014. The notes were published before I heard the CDs and correctly identified the recording of Missa brevis as the 1959 recording rather than the 1956 recording of a similar but not identical program. The CDs are cited correctly in the database here.

Jerome F. Weber, notes for "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" (CD, Sony SMK 60988), 1999. Based on a two-year series of radio programs, this was the first of 104 CDs illustrating a millennium of music down to 2000.

Jerome F. Weber, "Liturgical reconstruction as reflected in recordings," in Historical Performance, 4:1 (Spring 1991), pp. 29-37. This discusses polyphonic works such as Masses and Vespers recorded in the context of liturgical chant. Additional records have been added to the database here.

Jerome F. Weber, "Grove7 Chant," in Early Music Review, No. 69 (April 2001), pp. 12-13. This was a comparison of the articles on chant subjects in The New Grove Dictionary of Music (1980) with those in the second edition (2000). It was followed by "Grove7 Early Composers," in Early Music Review, No. 72 (July 2001), pp. 8-9, a similar comparison of medieval and early Renaissance composers.

Jerome F. Weber, "Gregorian Chant," in Classical Music, ed. Alexander J. Morin (San Francisco, Backbeat Books, 2002), pp. 1094-95. Some terminology in this article would need correction today. Additional entries cover Medieval and Renaissance composers.

Jerome F. Weber, "Resources for the Celebrant," in Sacred Music, 136:2 (Summer 2009), pp. 73-76. This treats records of the Eucharistic Prayers and Prefaces found in Ordo Missae in Cantu (Solesmes, 1995). Additional records have been added to the database here. Search: OMC

Rebecca Maloy, Inside the Offertory: Aspects of Chronology and Transmission (New York and Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010). Both Gregorian and Old Roman offertories are edited and discussed.

Emma Hornby, Gregorian and Old Roman Eighth-Mode Tracts (Aldershot and Burlington, Ashgate, 2002) and Medieval Liturgical Chant and Patristic Exegesis: Words and Music in the Second-Mode Tracts (Woodbridge, The Boydell Press, 2009). These two books trace the history of Old Roman and Gregorian tracts. Search: "TRCT (8)" and "TRCT (2)"

James W. McKinnon, "The fourth-century origin of the gradual," in Early Music History 7 (Cambridge University Press, 1987), 91-106. Reprint in The Temple, the Church Fathers and Early Western Chant (Aldershot: Ashgate Variorum, 1998. Search: GRAD

James W. McKinnon, "Preface to the study of the Alleluia," in Early Music History 15 (Cambridge University Press, 1996), 213-49. Reprint in The Temple, the Church Fathers and Early Western Chant (Aldershot: Ashgate Variorum, 1998. Search: ALLE

Thomas Forrest Kelly, The Beneventan Chant (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1989). This is the definitive treatment of the subject. "New evidence of the old Beneventan chant," in Plainsong and Medieval Music, IX:2 (October 2000), pp. 81-93 adds new information. The Italian edition, Il Canto Beneventano: edizione aggiornata, versione italiana e revisione a cura di Alessandro De Lilli (Lugano, 2017) is the latest treatment. Search: BEN

Thomas Forrest Kelly, The Exultet in Southern Italy (Oxford, 1996) treats the chant of the Easter Vigil in detail, going beyond the principal focus on illuminated Beneventan Exultet rolls. Search: "exsultet jam angelica"

James McKinnon, The Advent Project: The Later-Seventh-Century Creation of the Roman Mass Proper (Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 2000) offers a detailed overview of the history of the proper chants of the Mass. It should be read in conjunction with the critical reviews of Joseph Dyer (Early Music History 20 [2001], 279-309) and Peter Jeffery (Journal of the American Musicological Society, 56:2 [Spring 2003], 169-79). Susan Rankin (Plainsong and Medieval Music11:2 [April 2002], 73-82) is less critical, and Rebecca Maloy (Notes, The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, 58:2 [December 2001], 329-32) offers a more positive evaluation.

Clyde Brockett, The Repertory of Processional Antiphons (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017). Not yet available; for now, search: Albiero

Ren Hesbert, "Le Rpons 'Tenebrae' dans les liturgies Romaine, Milanaise et Bnventaine: Contribution  l'histoire d'une interpolation vanglique," in Rvue grgorienne 19 (1934), 4-24, 57-65, 84-89; 20 (1935), 1-14, 201-13; 21 (1936), 44-62, 201-13; 22 (1937), 121-36; 23 (1938), 20-25, 41-54, 83-98, 140-43, 161-70; 24 (1939), 44-63, 121-39, 161-72. This is the largest treatment of a single chant ever written, and it is a wonder that it has never been reprinted as a 174-page book. Search: "LU 680"

Theodore Karp, "The Cataloging of Chant Manuscripts as an Aid to Critical Editions and Chant History," in Foundations in Music Bibliography (Evanston: Northwestern, 1986; reprint, The Hayworth Press, 1993), 241-69. Features sixteen readings of the responsory Collegerunt pontifices on pp. 251-64.

Kenneth Levy, "A Gregorian Processional Antiphon," in Gregorian Chant and the Carolingians (Princeton, 1998, reprinted from Schweitzer Jahrbuch, 1982), 19-30. Discusses three early sources of Deprecamur te, famous for its occurrence at Augustine's arrival at Canterbury in 597. Search: "227:7"

Theodore Karp, An Introduction to the Post-Tridentine Mass Proper Part I: Text; Part 2: Music Examples (Middleton WI: American Institute of Musicology, 2005). The only extensive treatment of chant in this era. For a useful summary, an "opportunity to distil into minimal space the issues that I view as essential," see Karp, "Chants for the post-Tridentine Mass Proper," Plainsong and Medieval Music14:2 (October 2005), 183-97.

Michael McGrade, "O rex mundi triumphator: Hohenstafen politics in a sequence for Saint Charlemagne," in Early Music History 17 (1998), 183-219, includes an edition of a different sequence, Urbs Aquensis, on pp. 189-92. Search: "55:201"

John Stevens, "Samson dux fortissime: an international Latin song," in Plainsong and Medieval Music, I:1 (April 1992), 1-40 includes an edition of the song from Harley MS 978 on pp. 25-35. Search: "PLNC 114" 

Frank Gorton, Jr., "A requiem for the last trope," in CNV (Cum notis variorum, the newsletter of the music library at the University of California at Bekeley), No. 94, July 1985, 7-14, 23 is a discussion of the survival of the last trope, Inviolata, in the Roman liturgy. Search: "CS 167"

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