- Thomas Forrest Kelly
A Latin liturgical chant repertory from southern Italy, in use from the 7th century until the 11th, when it was suppressed. Independent in many respects of parallel developments in the Roman Church, the Beneventan chant is characterized by a formulaic and rather ornate musical style, by a tonality not dependent on a system of eight modes, and by the use of non-standard and non-biblical texts. The term ‘Beneventan’ is used in the literature to refer to the city of Benevento, to the area of southern Italy in which the characteristic Beneventan script was practised, or to things generally associated with this area. Thus the versions of Franco-Roman chant and the tropes and sequences composed and used there have also often been called ‘Beneventan’; this article is concerned only with the early Beneventan liturgy and its music.
A Latin liturgy had certainly existed in southern Italy before the Lombard invasions of the 6th century, and some of the liturgical anomalies of books such as ...