Gregorian Chant Definition

A ritual plainsong, monophonic and unmeasured, traditionally codified by Pope Gregory I, and formerly widely used in the Roman Catholic Church.
Webster's New World
An unaccompanied, monophonic liturgical chant.
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Origin of Gregorian Chant

  • Named after Pope Gregory I (540-604), and certainly dating back to that time in some form, but the exact origin is a matter of ongoing research.

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  • After Saint Gregory I

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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