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Section 1: Music and Musicians

This section explores the music of Anglo Saxon and Carolingian times. It contains downloadable information sheets about the music, and the way it was written down. This section also includes mp3 recordings of examples of sacred and secular Carolingian music (performed by Caroline Sartin and Cathryn Dew), and pdf files of some of this music in modern notation.


 

Fact Sheet 1: Music of Alcuin's Time

This information sheet for teachers provides background information about the musical styles in Europe during Saxon times

Fact Sheet 1.pdf

Fact Sheet 2: Charlemagne and Plainchant

This information sheet for teachers explains how Charlemagne introduced one type of chant, known as Gregorian Chant, across his empire. It tells the story of how Gregorian Chant got its name, and how Charlemagne thwarted the plans of monks who tried to trick him.

Fact Sheet 2.pdf

Fact Sheet 2.pdf

Activity Sheet 3: Writing Music Down

When people first began to sing plainchant, the only thing that could be written down was the text. The singers had to remember the music. This activity explores ways in which the Carolingian monks, and later scholars of music, solved the problem of how to write music down.

Activity 3.pdf

Music to sing and listen to

Music sheet 1: Ad Te Levavi

Music Sheet 1.pdf

Listen:

Download Ad Te Levavi Right Click on link and select 'Save link/target as....'


Music sheet 2: Alleluia and Troped Alleluia

Music Sheet 2.pdf

Listen to the Alleluia:

Download the Alleluia Right Click on link and select 'Save link/target as....'

Listen to the Troped Alleluia:

Download the Troped Alleluia Right Click on link and select 'Save link/target as....'


Music sheet 3: Veni Creator Spiritus

Music 3.pdf

Listen:




Download Veni Creator Spiritus Right Click on link and select 'Save link/target as....'


Music sheet 4: Lament of the Swan

Music 4.pdf

Listen:

Download Lament of the Swan Right Click on link and select 'Save link/target as....'


Music sheet 5: Rex Caeli

Music 5.pdf

Listen to the top line on its own:

Download Rex Caeli top line Right Click on link and select 'Save link/target as....'

Listen to the two parts together:

Download Rex Caeli Right Click on link and select 'Save link/target as....'


Music sheet 6: Christus Vincit

Music 6.pdf

Listen:

Download Christus Vincit Right Click on link and select 'Save link/target as....'


Music sheet 7: O Admirabile

Music 7.pdf

Listen:

Download O Admirabile mp3 Right Click on link and select 'Save link/target as....'