Composer: Anonymous

Piece: Haec dies

Date: Early Middle Ages

Form: Gregorian Chant

Style: Melismatic, responsorial

Context: Gradual of the Mass for Easter Sunday

Texture: Monophonic

Performance: Men’s unaccompanied voices, alternating between soloist and group.

This chant, or plainsong, flows freely, following the rhythm and content of it’s Latin text. The melodic structure is simple, with a smooth, wave-like shape. The melismatic style owes it’s quasi-improvisatory nature to the melodies of Middle Eastern cultures.