A well-known story says that when President Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, he remarked, "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war."
A young man is sitting at his desk, his quill poised above the parchment while he glances toward a French poem at his side.
"Banner in the Sky" is an unmistakably Catholic book.
One might think that something called "plainchant" or "plainsong" would not furnish much to talk about; after all, its very name says it’s plain and it's chant.
Today, I will discuss what makes chant distinctive among musical forms, and then recommend my favorite chant recordings.