Through the magic of music, sung texts become icons. Time is deployed with sovereign slowness in order to give contemplation all the space it needs all allow consciousness genuinely to settle into the encounter with the word.
The use of the drone, the note held by the lower voices – a form of polyphonic chant then called basilical organum – confers of the sound a hieratic immanence in which time and space are united in a single vibrant truth.
Marcel Peres, Liner Notes to “Incarnatio Verbi” Old Roman Chant
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