Show Less
Restricted access

Rivers of Sacred Sound



Solveig McIntosh

Rivers of Sacred Sound traces the flow of influences from East to West, from

BC to AD and from wordless jubilations to the setting of texts. It takes the

discussion about western chant beyond a European perspective.

The text of this book, preceded by an introduction, is presented in seven

chapters and covers a period of approximately five thousand years. There are

many references all over the world to praising the divine with sound. Thus

the starting point is the praise song, a fundamental impulse in mankind. The

Rg-Veda requests that our loudest-sounding hymn be accepted, as food most

delightful to the Gods. The Psalms request us to make a joyful noise unto God

and to sing forth the honour of His name. Spontaneous songs became ritual

events. In an aural culture what was the role of gesture and what is its role

now? There are many doors to open in pursuing these and other questions.

This book opens some of them.

Show Summary Details
Restricted access



The author wishes to thank Professor Ritwik Sanyal for the introduction to the Ḍāgar tradition of dhrupad during one of his early visits to London during the 1980s and for continuing to help with further studies and practice through the oral tradition during the author’s subsequent visits to India.

The author wishes to thank Father Stanislav from Ealing Abbey, London, who, in the first lessons received by the author in Gregorian plain chant, taught what was considered essential to a proper understanding of the rhythmic aspect of chant. Grateful thanks to the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge whose various preceptors imparted further understanding of the chant.

The author wishes to thank Angelo Cinque for drawings in Chapter 7 of the book. ← xix | xx →

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.