L’ordine liturgico. Cielo e terra nel canto gregoriano

TitleL’ordine liturgico. Cielo e terra nel canto gregoriano
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBaroffio, G
EditorCristiani, M, Panti, Cecilia, Perillo, G
Book TitleHarmonia mundi: musica mondana e musica celeste fra antichità e medioevo: atti del convegno internazionale di studi: (Roma, 14-15 dicembre 2005)
Series TitleMicrologus' library 19
PublisherSISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo

This contribution deals with basic aspects of the liturgical tradition from the musical and spiritual point of view. Guided by melody and liturgical texts, the prayer touches the deepest earthly abyss and, at the same time, finds out the vertiginous celestial elevation. Heaven and Earth stand out more and more clearly within the prayer's heart; as soon as their contraposition seems to flow into a titanic clash, the chant emerges, leading again everything to unity, as a sign of a new creation. Heaven and Earth mingle with a long series of variations that reflect both the origin of the two biblical expressions and the actual liturgical context. The concept is clarified by examining some of the most used meanings of caelum within the antiphonal liturgical repertory of the Hours.

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