Baltimore: Helicon Press, 1961. First edition. Octavo, original light green cloth, original dust jacket. Only minor creasing and wear to spine ends of bright, unclipped dust jacket. A nearly-fine copy. Item #577
"THE TRADITIONAL GREGORIAN CHANT, USED BY PRIEST, CHOIR AND PEOPLE, OCCUPIES THE FIRST PLACE IN CHURCH MUSIC" First English translation of this magisterial study of two thousand years of sacred music in the liturgical life of the Catholic Church. As the head of the Academy of Music of the University of Cologne, Dr. Fellerer's history was labeled by the publisher as the "only complete and authoritative account of Catholic church music in English today." Fellerer's survey ranges across twenty centuries of musical styles and movements, from Gregorian and Polyphony, to Baroque and Romantic, to Contemporary. The text is illustrated with over one hundred musical excerpts providing examples of the different forms. These styles flourished and waned until, at the dawn of the twentieth century, Pope Pius X—drawing upon his rich pastoral experience—focused on sacred music in his efforts to revive the liturgy. Pius X encouraged more participation in the Mass among the laity, through more frequent reception of the Eucharist and "through singing parts of the Mass like the Creed and the Gloria. The very year he was elected he issued a call for the use of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony in ordinary parishes and for the singing of it by the congregation." (O'Malley, A History of the Popes). The book consists of a multipart Introduction and seventeen chapters organized around three main themes: Part I. Music of Worship, Part II. Music for Worship, Part III. Music at Worship. This American edition is based on the second German edition of 1949, translated by Francis A. Brunner, with his brief Translator's Preface. The text is supplemented with a Select Bibliography (of English-language sources), a Composer Index, and a General Index. Approbations.