Gregorian chant , the monophonic liturgical music that serves as a symbol of unity in the Roman Catholic Church, emerged in the Middle Ages and is considered to be the foundation of modern Western music with its uniform, free-flowing melodic structure and positively seamless sound. Thought to bring peace to listeners and create a contemplative and meditative environment in the sanctuary, the sonic profile of chant music is achieved when many voices sing the same melody, composed of the same notes, in unison.
Music, being identical with heaven, isn't a thing of momentary thrills, or even hourly ones. It's a condition of eternity.
While powerful and critical to liturgical ceremonies, the monophonic composition of Gregorian chant is characteristically devoid of musical accompaniment and harmony, the pleasing blend of simultaneous voices of differing pitches. As melody comprises a specific arrangement of pitches to create the structure of sound, harmony creates variety and the fluid motion that results in the emotional response people feel when listening to music. Harmony cannot be achieved when all members sing the same note.
At Pepperdine, our foundational values provide the melody for our community to function and thrive with the pieces essential to our progress. Harmony is only created when members with different backgrounds and experiences, with a variety of skills and qualities, add their unique notes to achieve a dynamic sound that resonates widely and deeply.
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