Beauty in the Triplex
  • You don't find this in Gather:

    Triplex Sanctificavit

    Then again, neither do you find it in the Graduale Romanum.

    This is from the Offertory of Hebdomada XXIV. Any suggestions as to the swirly's exact meaning?
  • Ben YankeBen Yanke
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  • Adam WoodAdam Wood
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    Move your hand like that in front of a choir and see what happens.
  • Well, we know how long to hold that note...
  • incantuincantu
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    The only other instance of this particular neume that comes to mind is the offertory Ave Maria on the first syllable of the word "ventris." In both cases, the corresponding note in St. Gall is a virga with episema.
  • SalieriSalieri
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    A lengthening that moves the piece forward, perhaps? (Best guess.)
  • It's a snail....indicating that you should move at the pace of a snail at this point.

    Or, you should rotate your head in a circular motion whilst singing this note, thus creating an effect rather like that of a Leslie speaker.
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  • Liam
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    Shout "RTFM!" to your choir when they have this in front of them.
  • What about the dots? How are they conducted?
  • '...dots?... how... conducted?.'

    With a gavel.
  • SalieriSalieri
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    The thing with the Paleography is that the signs are a mixture of chironomic gestures, copyists' shorthand, and just what happened to be the simplest way of making distinctions between duration and pitch.

    What you have in Laon is simply two short notes of the same pitch followed by two quickly descending notes. The same in St. Gall: the tractulus ( _ as opposed to . ) denotes notes of lower pitch. There is nothing particularly chironomic about this form.