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Novititae Cantus, an electronic newsletter pertaining to chant: Volume 3

Subject: notitiae cantus
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 96 23:39:23 CET
From: Guido Milanese


An International Newsletter
for Gregorian Chant and other Repertoires of Western Chant

II 4
November-December 1995


Investigationes de cantu
Heinrich Rumphorst................Gregorian Chant in Germany
G.M..........................Concordance of Graduale Romanum
G.M...............................Notitiae Cantus on the WWW
Practica cantus
G.M......................A Computer Font for Gregorian Chant

Notitiae Cantus
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Genova, 15 gennaio 1996
Guido Milanese
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Notitiae Cantus, November-December 1995 1 of 6

_Gregorian Chant in Germany_*Heinrich Rumphorst*

Professor Heinrich Rumphorst (Gosslerstrasse 23, D-
12161 Berlin-Friedenau, Germany) is Director of the
Berliner Choralschola, a well known vocal ensemble. He
was the editor of the newsletter "Informationen zur
Gregorianik" (Internationale Gesellschaft f. Studien
des gregorianischen Chorals, Die deutschesprachige
Sektion); this newsletter is now published as a sec-
tion of "Beitraege zur Gregorianik", the scholarly
journal of this society. G.M. publishes here an
abstract of some interesting articles of this newslet-
ter, that was very appealing also for non German

Gregorian chant in Germany is studied at many different
levels and in various environments. There are several
monasteries where chant is studied and performed as a part
of daily liturgical duties, even if most of these
monasteries perform psalms and readings in German. Two of
these monasteries (St. Ottilien and Muensterschwarzach, both
in Bavaria) are prestigious for their recordings of chant,
conducted by J.B. Goeschl and G. Joppich (both of them,
unfortunately, decided to leave their monasteries). In St.
Ottilien there are many Gregorian enterprises: for example
short Gregorian seminars (of 2-3 days) aimed to give a
general idea of chant. The participants can also take part
in the monastic liturgy. Another "Gregorian place" in
Germany is Essen, where courses, seminars and conferences
have been organized for many years. An interesting report by
E. Savelsberg informs on the Fifth international Gregorian
Festival in Watou (Belgium), an important event with both
practical and theoretical issues.
The information given by "Informationen zur
Gregorianik" covers also Gregorian recordings: several CDs
are reviewed, including the well known CD of the Spanish
monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. Professor Rumphorst notices
the same point I have emphasized in my review (in the
Italian journal "La Cartellina"): the two CDs are different,
because the first -- the older one -- is a typical lifeless
monastic recording, while the second shows a different per-
spective, with some influence of semiological research.

_Concordance of the Graduale Romanum_*G.M.*

Book Announcement:
_A Concordance of Graduale Romanum_ (and _Triplex_)
by Guido Milanese

This book contains the Concordance of the Graduale Romanum
(1974 edition, Paul VI's Graduale) and several other indexes
and lists. Some of them are of lexicographic interest,
others are of musicological and/or palaeographic pertinence
(and they refer to the Graduale Triplex). The introduction
is written by Mirella Ferrari, a well known scholar of
Medieval palaeography. A substantial help was given by
Father Bonifacio Baroffio.
This book opens a new series (Bibliotheca Gregoriana)
published by Editrice Liguria in cooperation with
Associazione Ligure Ricerca Fonti Musicali, a society of
musicological research based in Genoa, Italy.
I would like to stress an important point: this work is
complete. It lists *all* the words, including _et_ , _ad_,
etc.: this is of crucial importance for studying the style
and the "formulae", and from a paleographic point of view.
The reverse index is important particularly for those who
studies fragments (to locate a chant).

CONTENTS: Introduction (Mirella Ferrari); Preface; Sigla;
Fontes; Concordantia; Computationes; Index retrogradus
(reverse index); Index iuxta frequentiam verborum (list of
words by number of occurrences); Index cantuum iuxta modum
(list of chants by "modes"); Index cantuum iuxta speciem et
modum (list of chants by category and "modes"); Index
cantuum sine neumis in libro G.T. (chants without neumes in
the Graduale Triplex); Index cantuum sine neumis in indice
Hesbertiano inscriptorum (chants without neumes in the
Graduale Triplex but listed in the Antiphonale Missarum of
Dom Hesbert); Index locorum variantium in libro G.T. (list
of chants where there are textual differences among the mss
used in the Graduale Triplex); Index verborum extremorum
cantuum (list of the final words of chants)

Those who would like to receive two sample pages (one of the
Concordance and one of the other lists) can drop me a line
and I'll send one among the following:

-- a "print to file" for HP 300 dpi (HP laserjet II-III)
-- a "print to file" for HP 600 dpi (HP laserjet IV-V)
-- a postscript file (at low resolution [300 dpi] to
reduce the size)
-- a DVI file (ready to see/print on any TeX system)

All the files are sent zipped and XXcoded. Please notice
that the real book is printed with a professional typeset-
ting system at high resolution. The samples are at low


Author: Guido Milanese
Title: Concordantia libri Gradualis Romani et
instrumenta lexicographica
ISBN: 88-8055-151-5
Publisher: Editrice Liguria s.n.c. di N. Sabatelli & C.
Address: Via De Mari 4R - I-17100 Savona, Italy
or Postal Box 181 - 17100 Savona, Italy
Telephone: 39-19-829917
Fax: 39-19-8387798
Pages: 550, cm 21*29,7 (A4)
Price: US $45 includ. air mail shipping and handling
(= 60,000 It. Lire) if the order is delivered
before the 31st of March. Later, 25% more
Payment - Postgiro: 00253179 Genova
- International money order
- Credit Cards: American Express, Bank
Americard, Diners, Visa, CartaSi
- Cash on delivery: only for Italy

Please contact my e-mail address for any additional info
and/or for the sample pages.

_Notitiae Cantus on the WWW_*G.M.*

As you can see reading the front page of this issue, this
newsletter is available also on the WWW (http://www.wu- Many thanks to Ger-
hard Gonter (Wien) who made this substantial improvement
possible. I tried to locate Notitiae Cantus with a net searcher
(on Netscape) and it was immediately found. If you
prefer, you can retrieve old issues via FTP (file transfer
protocol) at the FTP location quoted in the front page. The
issues are numbered as follows:

Notitiae.Cantus.V1.1 January-October 1994
Notitiae.Cantus.V1.2 November-December 1994
Notitiae.Cantus.V2.1 January-March 1995
Notitiae.Cantus.V2.2 April-June 1995
Notitiae.Cantus.V2.3 July-October 1995

I hope to prepare a HTP edition of the collection, replacing
the "text" files with the usual Internet graphic format.


%Practica Cantus%

_A Computer Font for Gregorian Chant (review)_*G.M.*

Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB, author of this computer font,
can be reached at St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad,
Indiana 47577, USA. Internet:

One of the major problems for scholars and musicians inter-
ested in Gregorian Chant is writing the notation. I have
myself published many articles where text is accompanied by
a miserable patchwork of photocopies, handwritten lines of
chant and so on. Fr. Harry Hagan gives a substantial help to
all of us with this collection of Chant Fonts: these fonts
were originally written for the Mac, and then adapted to
Windows; both formats are now available. I have tested the
Windows edition and they are a splendid piece of "computer
The Windows edition is a collection of three fonts,
called Meinrada, Meinradb, Meinradc. They come both in True
Type and Type1 formats, i.e. they can be installed with
Adobe Type Manager (Type1) or within Windows (True Type);
installation in Windows95 is extremely easy and gives no
problem at all. The fonts should be used at 48 points if the
text is typed at 11/12 pts.; the author suggests using 72
points for altar usage. There are three fonts because the
amount of characters required by Chant is so great that one
font was not sufficient: therefore, Meinrada has the basic
characters, Meinradb and Meinradc the additional characters
necessary to a complete chant notation set.
Entering music is very simple. I tested the fonts in
WinWord 6 and I needed just a few minutes to familiarize
with the encoding. Both entering simple notes (monosonic
neumes) and constructing combinations (pes, clivis, tor-
culus, and so on) is easy, and the documentation (a booklet
and several pages of examples) is excellent and extremely
clear. There is no need of a real tutorial: just read the
examples... and do the same! For those who do not have a US
keyboard instruction is given at page 4 of the Windows book-
let, but using the Italian keyboard I did not have to switch
to the USA one (at least in Windows95: don't know what might
happen in Windows 3.1). In other words, it seems that you
need no customization (good news for those who have non-USA
The system can be useful for several categories of
users: scholars who like to produce papers with decent
examples, choir conductors, parish or monastery musicians,
composers of modern music who prefer this mode of notation.
Even for those, like me, who do not use Windows for their
normal editing the program is useful: draw the examples,
save them as EPS files or other graphic format that your
editing program can handle, and import the file in your text
(that's what I am already doing).
The price is very honest, I would say cheap if you
think that there is a lot of work and a printed booklet;
please contact Father Hagan for details. Highly recom-