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Europe has federal, multi-regional and multinational identities. The transmission of the religious ideologies of Europe has been essential to the development of the continent as both a practical and an imagined idea. The formation of these characterizations is complex, but music is a practical way to better understand the traditional, functional and socio-historical underpinnings that have formed the tapestry of European identity. Gregorian chant is musically and culturally significant to the evolution of historical Europe. It was widely considered to be a central component in worship services and spiritual conversion, also employing the official language of the Holy Roman Empire, Latin. Ubiquitous usage paved the way for standardized…show more content…
Since sacred music was the dominant musical genre of the era, Gregorian chants enjoyed massive public appeal. Its popularity also allowed it to be used successfully by the church as a religious conversion tool; furthermore, Gregorian chant was of particular importance in the transmission of Christian doctrine, and the formation and eventual expansion of the Holy Roman Empire throughout historical Europe.
The plainchants of the Middle Ages, the Gregorian chants, in particular, are the historical progenitors of our westernized musical traditions: common language, form/notation, and cultural transmission. Pepin the Short, and his son Charlemagne, understood that the proliferation of this new musical cannon would be bolstered through the application of universal components such as language. Originally, liturgies were spoken in regional dialects and languages, but in the late eighth century, the first Carolingian monarch, Pepin the Short, had been credited by his son Charlemagne for initiating the streamline of music’s ecclesiastical language. According to music scholar, Kenneth Levy, “the purpose was to have a single, nominally Roman, repertory sung throughout Europe” (“Carolingians” 7). The church soon appreciated the
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