Medieval Church Music: Gregorian Chant & Plainchant


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Which intervals were commonly used in Gregorian chants?

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1. How do monophony and polyphony differ?

2. What is a melisma?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Gregorian chants and plainchants were types of songs embraced by the Catholic Church in the middle ages. This quiz and worksheet combination test you on important terms and other facts concerning Gregorian chant.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will ask you questions relating to this type of music, including:

  • Definitions of monophony, polyphony, melisma, and organum
  • Intervals used in Gregorian chants
  • Composer responsible for adding vocal parts to Gregorian chants

Skills Practiced

Through reviewing this quiz and worksheet, these study skills will be tested:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as melisma and organum
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as monophony and polyphony
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the intervals used in Gregorian chants

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson, Medieval Church Music: Gregorian Chant & Plainchant, may be used to further develop your understanding. Learn more about these topics:

  • Church domination of the medieval period
  • The church and the arts
  • Plainchant
  • Pope Gregory and the Gregorian chant
  • Organum and intervals
  • Development of organum
  • Monophony and polyphony
  • Perotin
  • Melismas