HOW TO SING PLAIN CHANT - online book

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distinctive rather than a disj unctive sign; it prevents the clashing or confusion of the neums and words, and, in particular, helps to keep clearly distinct a number of neums which may follow consecutively {neumae jubilorum). In the Graduates of 1890 and 1907, in place of this bar, small spaces were used between the neums or the words.
The Double Bar points out the alternate turns of the singers, the ending of the in­tonations, the beginning of the verses, or the conclusion of a piece of chant. But only in the last case does this bar signify any pause or any lengthening of the pre­ceding notes.
The note immediately before a Quilisma should be slightly lengthened, and the Quilisma itself sung more lightly or softly.
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