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Glagolitic Mass, Glagolitic chantlocked

  • Geoffrey Chew


The term ‘Glagolitic’ (neo-Lat. glagoliticus, from Croatian glagoljica: ‘the Glagolitic alphabet’; related to Old Church Slavonic glagolŭ, ‘word’) refers to a distinctive alphabet devised for the Slavonic literary language in the 9th century by Constantine (monastic name, Cyril) and Methodius, apostles of the Slavs. By extension it is used to refer to the Catholic (as opposed to Orthodox) Mass translated into Church Slavonic, and to compositions such as the Glagolitic Mass of Leoš Janáček that are settings of such texts, whether written in the original alphabet or transcribed into Latin letters. ‘Glagolitic chant’ or ‘Glagolitic singing’ (...

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