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In Syllabic chant (as, for example, in the singing, as also in the so-called "recita­tion," of the Psalms) the rules of good reading should be observed: that is to say, the accents, both principal and secondary, of words and phrases should be carefully attended to.
In both kinds of chant, syllabic and neumatic, any approach to staccato must be carefully avoided.
Each neum, or group of notes, is to be considered (in some sort) as one whole, and should be sung with one impulse of voice.
LENGTH, PAUSES, EXPRESSION
As to lengthy or duration, it must first of all be pointed out that all notes, whether square, diamond, or tailed, are of them­selves equal in value.
Nevertheless, their value is not always uniform, but varies according to their position. Thus:—
At the end of every passage, e.g. of an Antiphon, or a Versicle, or a Responsory,
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