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date: 19 November 2017

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This chapter examines Gallican components in liturgical chants copied in Gregorian manuscripts by focusing on a group of chants for the masses for the Holy Cross. These chants, copied in manuscripts from Aquitaine, bear signs of more remote pre-Gregorian roots that can be recognized in some textual and musical features, in aspects related to their liturgical collocation, and in the theological arguments they contain. Before undertaking an analysis of specific examples, the chapter first considers the extent to which royal decrees influenced chant practices in Carolingian and post-Carolingian Europe by contextualizing the process of standardization of chant within the projects of cultural reform of the Carolingians and the Merovingians. It then discusses issues of persistence and change in the transmission of liturgical repertories as well as the role of music censorship in the practice of liturgical chant.

Keywords: liturgical chants, Gregorian manuscripts, Holy Cross, Aquitaine, royal decrees, Europe, Carolingians, Merovingians, music, censorship

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