A review of music written using Latin texts in service of the liturgy of the Catholic Church encompassing music written in all periods with a concentration on contemporary composers.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Books Received

The following recent books of interest are on the desk at the moment awaiting review or short notice.

Christopher Page, The Christian West and it's Singers. The First Thousand Years. (New Haven: Yale, 2010) 691 pp + illustrations.

Dom Daniel Saulnier, Gregorian Chant. A Guide to the History and Liturgy, trans. Mary Berry. (Brewster: Paraclete Press, 2009) 147 pp + illustrations.

David Hiley, Gregorian Chant [Cambridge Introductions to Music]. (Cambridge: CUP, 2009) 250 pp + illustrations.

Christopher Page's book is an extensive work covering an area largely where scholars have nor dared to go. Dom Saunier's book is a translation of his French text of 2003 which was in the final stages of preparation when Dr Berry died. David Hiley's book should not be confused with his previous magnum opus Western Plainchant. It contains much new material.

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