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Gregorian Chant Book Event

February 21, 2020 | 2:00 pm

Miller Nichols Library, Room 325


One of the oldest artifacts in the LaBudde Special Collections at UMKC Libraries is a book of Gregorian chant from the Middle Ages. Each page is velum, the covers are thick, leather-covered wood planks, all bound with heavy string. Although this tome was likely assembled in its current iteration in the 16th century, it's a compilation of plainchant from the 10th to the 16th century.

Come learn more about this fascinating artifact and how it was used from guest lecturer Dr. Eugene Liven d'Abelardo in his lecture "A History of Medieval Chant Notation" on Friday, February 21st from 2-4 pm in Miller Nichols Library Room 325. This event is being sponsored by the UMKC Codices Project.

Learn more about the Adair book of chant, view high-resolution images of its pages, and listen to recordings of the chants here.

If you just can't get enough Gregorian chanting, Dr. d'Abelardo is also giving a chant workshop the weekend of February 15th & 16th for those interesting in participating. More information about the chant workshop can be found here

Chant Weekend, February 15-16, 2020

Posted: February 10, 2020




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