Gregorian Chant

Gregorian chant is the predominant style of Western plainchant (also sometimes called plainsong), the traditional music developed for the medieval church of Western Europe. It was first written down in the ninth century, but by that time much of it had already been composed and was passed from singer to singer orally.

Most of what we sing necessarily comes from the Gregorian tradition, but not to the exclusion of other styles, such as the Ambrosian chant of Milan. Only the Gregorian chant is widely used today.

For more information, the Wikipedia articles on Gregorian Chant, plainchant, Ambrosian Chant and Beneventan Chant are good starting points, or see our own set of resources.