On a “Greatest Hits of the 10th-12th Centuries” compilation disc advertised on late-night TV, this famous chant would be track 1. Of course, most of us know this melody through its many quotations in both the classical canon (I, like most, heard it the first time in Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique) and popular culture (a remixed version of the chant was even featured in a Nike commercial a few years ago). Listening to the original chant makes it all too clear why composers throughout the ages have found fertile ground here.
Published by Zachary Wallmark
During the Challenge I was graduate student in musicology at UCLA (completed 2014). I am currently Assistant Professor of Music History at SMU in Dallas, TX, where I teach courses on cultural musicology, opera history, music perception and cognition, popular music, and research methods. My monograph project, "Nothing but Noise: Timbre and Musical Meaning at the Edge," is under contract with Oxford University Press. View all posts by Zachary Wallmark