HAVPCD122 – Gregorian Chant Favouite chants from the liturgical year
It was traditionally Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th century who gathered together the first collection of liturgical music, which thereafter became known as Gregorian Chant. With the development of polyphony in the Middle Ages the chant continued to be sung and often to form the cantus firmus, the plainsong or ground of the polyphony. After a period of decline it was taken up again with enthusiasm and in a restored form in the last century, due largely to the efforts of the French Benedictines. Gregorian chant is the official liturgical music of the Catholic Church, and is still regularly sung in certain monasteries and cathedrals.