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Theodore Nisard's "Accompagnement du plain-chant" from "Dictionnaire Liturgique, Historique et Theorique de Plain-Chant et de Musique d'eglise au moyen age dans les temps modernes" (1854): An English translation

Gerald Wayne Holbrook, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

Joseph Louis d'Ortigue (1802-1866), a music critic in Paris beginning in 1829, succeeded Hector Berlioz as a writer for the Journal des dèbats. He first published writings on opera, but after 1840 because of a fascination with religious music, especially chant, he devoted himself to the study of this genre, eventually undertaking his Dictionnaire Liturgique, Historique et Théorique de Plain-Chant et de Musique d’église au moyen age et dans les temps modernes (1854). For this work he commissioned Théodore Nisard, also known as Abbé Théodule Elzéar Xavier Normand, a Belgian organist and editor, to write a treatise on organ accompaniment of plain-chant. ^ Nisard discusses basic rules of contrapuntal accompaniment of plain-chant according to theorists from earlier periods up to his present day. He includes numerous musical examples that provide much information about different manners and concepts for accompanying chant.^

Subject Area

Music

Recommended Citation

Holbrook, Gerald Wayne, "Theodore Nisard's "Accompagnement du plain-chant" from "Dictionnaire Liturgique, Historique et Theorique de Plain-Chant et de Musique d'eglise au moyen age dans les temps modernes" (1854): An English translation" (2006). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3237873.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3237873

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