By Mattias Lundberg
Mattias Lundberg investigates the ancient position of a deviant psalm-tone, the tonus peregrinus, concentrating on its purposes in polyphonic song inside all significant branches of Western liturgy. during the remarkably continual culture of utilising this melody to polyphony, from the 9th century correct as much as the twenty-first, coeval song thought is ready to make clear the issues it has posed to modal and tonal perform at quite a few historic phases. The musical settings studied delay a reflect to the overall improvement of psalmody, touching on practices of organum, various local types of fauxbourdon, cantus firmus composition, loose imitation, parody, fugue, quodlibet, monody, and lots of different compositional strategies the place the original positive aspects of the psalm-tone have necessitated amendment of latest practices. The conclusions drawn display a musico-liturgical culture that was once now not in genuine chance of extinction until eventually the overall decline of Western liturgy that within the eighteenth century, at which element the historiography of the tonus peregrinus grew to become an element stimulating scholarly and musical curiosity in its alleged pre-Christian origins. Lundberg demonstrates that the succession of works in response to the tonus peregrinus usually preserved a tremendously conservative musical and theological perception even in periods of drastic liturgical reform.
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