by Sr Fidelis
The other great branch of the tree
We’ve been exploring the Divine Office, specifically the service of Compline. But there is a whole other treasury of Gregorian chants that for centuries have surrounded and beautified the Eucharist. These chants range from simple pieces, similar to Office Antiphons, to great florid melodies written expressly for solo cantors. Today, the Mass chants are all found in a book called the Gradual Triplex. This wonderful collection is of great value to us today because it contains the music written in square notation, as well as the ancient signs or neumes, found in the original manuscripts! Below is a page from a 14th -15th century Gradual, written in square notation, featuring the introit Gaudeamus omnes.