Sunday, July 8, 2012
But the population of the Dark Ages were woefully lacking in basic musical education, and so the chants were originally performed by soloists, rather than the choir in unison as you hear here. Over time, the Monasteries developed the form that we recognize.
The music was a help in pre-literate days, when even many church men could neither read no write. While the first forms of musical scoring were developed to record these songs, most singers simply memorized them. Since the songs captured the liturgy, this was seen as part of a monk's holy education.
Music eventually evolved, starting in the High Middle Ages with harmony. But this was the bridge from the ancient to the modern, preserved through barbarian invasion, viking raid, crusade, and the birth of fledgling European states.