Resources for medieval musicology and liturgy
I noticed that Cardine's "Is Gregorian Chant Measured Music" or a summary aren't available on the Internet. I'm pretty interested in knowing more or less what are the main points raised in the book, as it was supposedly what "put to rest" the mensural theory. I've seen from some passing comments that it's a badly written essay, with some strawmen and other critiques that are of no importance, much like Fr Smits text. So, could anyone please summarise the main arguments?
I think Fr Vollaerts' and Dom Murray's main points could be summed up with Metz and St Gall notations, and literature, as Fr Vollaerts' arguments are, according to Dom Murray's disciple John Blackley, "based upon the shapes of the neumes in the 9th- and 10th-century manuscripts, the writngs of medieval theorists, and the non-conformity of equalist rhythm to Latn accentual patterns." Cardine could have focused on those points, but as far as I know they were ignored, and he went on making some strawmen comparisons.
But I'd like to see it for myself...
I havent read anything by Fr Vollaerts yet, but from what's I've read by Dom Murray, he cites primarily 10th century authors discussing performance practice and 11th century authors discussing how music was performed in the previous century. Also, he compared adiastematic manuscripts using St Gall, Metz and Nonantola notations. So the theorists serve as testimony to the conclusions he arrives observing the manuscripts.
I suspect I misunderstood what you meant, but I don't think it's a good idea to push (probably) reliable methods and simply try to figure out what the writer had in his mind. Of course it's important try to understand the reasoning behind the writing, but I believe it's necessary to find as much as foundation as possible, so we have a North. You mentioned Cantus Fractus. As far as I know, it uses some kind of mensural notation, so I believe the writings could be compared with other mensural scores and use contemporary commentaries as a guide.
Anyway, I think the thread is derailing a bit. I'm a music student who likes to read about different theories, and I created that thread because I couldn't find the book I mentioned in the original post on the Internet nor a summary. I want to know what are the main arguments of the author to understand more the situation. I don't feel qualified to discuss Cardine's points because I'm still a simple student and I don't know what they were. However, I'm open to reading recommendations on Gregorian semiology , wether it deals with the thread subject or not, specially those ones concerning grace notes
This excellent paper deals with all the questions. Unfortunately, the Author didn't get the correct interpretation of isolated syllables:
The book is available from Solesmes, but it's not advertised in Solesmes' webstore. You can contact them and request a copy, but they will ask for your Paypal or credit card number over email, so be smart. Or private-message me if you want an easier way.
Meanwhile, I will examine the book and post a summary here later this month for discussion fodder.
On grace notes, you'll want to read this article by Jan van Biezen. If you cannot read Dutch and still want the English, there is an English edition on Amazon by the same author. Or, again, you can private-message me.
On semiology, Cardine's Gregorian Semiology, and Agustoni's book translated to English by Fr. Columba Kelly. Although the rhythmic interpretation is flawed, you can still learn much from these two books on the note value system of Early Medieval semiotic notation. Cardine is very good at presenting examples.