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Gregorian chanting is also known as plainchant or plainsong and is a form of monophonic, unaccompanied singing, which was developed in the Roman Catholic Church, mainly during the period 800 to 1000 AD. It takes its name from Pope Gregory the Great, who is believed to have brought it to the West based on Eastern models of Byzantine chant. This music was traditionally sung by monks or other male clerics and was used during religious services.
- Gregorian Chant - The Catholic Encyclopedia
- Gregorian Chant - the site where you can hear and read the scores
- OSV - Why is Gregorian chant making a comeback?