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Page 8 - ... harmony in singing, but with only two differences or varieties of tone and voice, the one murmuring the under part, the other singing the upper in a manner equally soft and pleasing. This they do, not so much by art, as by a habit peculiar to themselves, which long practice has rendered almost natural, and this method of singing has taken such deep root among this people, that hardly any melody is accustomed to be uttered simply, or otherwise than in many parts by the former, and in two parts...
Page 7 - The Britons do not sing their tunes in unison like the inhabitants of other countries, but in different parts. So that when a company of singers meet to sing, as is usual in this country, as many different parts are heard as there are singers.
Page 4 - Celebrant carminibus antiquis (quod unum apud illos memoriae et annalium genus est) Tuistonem deum terra editum, et filium Mannum, originem gentis conditoresque.
Page 16 - Also he fashioned therein two fair cities of mortal men. In the one were espousals and marriage feasts, and beneath the blaze of torches they were leading the brides from their chambers through the city, and loud arose the bridal song. And young men were whirling in the dance, and among them flutes and viols sounded high; and the women standing each at her door were marvelling.
Page 27 - I had begun to state, the bishop was alone, busied in reading or praying in the oratory of that place, when, on a sudden, as he afterwards said, he heard the voice of persons singing most sweetly and rejoicing, and appearing to descend to the earth from heaven.
Page 31 - Classibus et geminis psalmorum concrepet oda, Hymnistae crebro vox articulata resultet, Et celsum quatiat clamoso carmine culmen. Fratres concordi laudemus voce tonantem, Cantibus et crebris conclamet turba sororum. Hymnos ac psalmos et responsoria festis Congrua jiromamus subter testudine templi, Psalterii melos (antes modulamine crebro, Atque decem fidibus nitamur tendere lyram, lit Psalmista monet bis quinis psallere fibris.
Page 44 - Organa dicuntur omnia instrumenta musicorum; non solum illud Organum dicitur, quod grande est, et inflatur follibus; sed quidquid aptatur ad cantilenam, et corporeum est, quo instrumento utitur qui cantat, Organum dicitur.
Page 47 - Organa, qualia nusquam Cernuntur, gemino constabilita solo. Bisseni supra sociantur in ordine folles, Inferiusque jacent quatuor atque decem. Flatibus alternis spiracula maxima reddunt. Quos agitant validi septuaginta viri. Brachia versantes, multo et sudore madentes, Certatimque suos quisque movet socios: Viribus ut totis impellant flamina sursum, Rugiat et pleno capsa referta sinu: Sola quadringentas quae sustinet ordine musas, Quas manus organici temperat ingenii.
Page 24 - ... the three others, carrying censers in their hands, came up to him, step by step, as if looking for something. As soon as he saw them approach, he began singing in a soft voice, ' Whom seek ye ?' to which was replied by the three others in chorus, ' Jesus of Nazareth.' This was answered by the other,
Page 27 - ... about it. He listened attentively to what he heard, and after about half an hour, perceived the same song of joy to ascend from the roof of the said oratory, and to return to heaven the...