Nicholas Beck, left, music director at Mater Ecclesiae Mission, Berlin, holds up an image of 13th century chant during a presentation on liturgical music sponsored by the Young Adult Group of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Linwood, on April 6. “A Treasury Rediscovered: The Renaissance of Traditional Music,” held at the Villa Pieta, Linwood, drew some 40 people. The two-hour presentation focused largely on Gregorian chant, and included both performance and history. From the ninth to the middle of the 20th century, Gregorian chant, also called plainsong or plainchant, was the mainstay of liturgical music in the Latin Church, in part because of its rhythmic affinity to the Latin language.
Photo by Alan M. Dumoff