Quoting: Anonymous Coward 10881941 Quoting: The Comedian Quoting: Anonymous Coward 10881941
Anyone know any Muslim prayers/songs that might be confused with Gregorian chants to the western ear? Quoting: The Comedian
The chanting of Muslim prayers/songs do have some Gregorian ties to them. There are even those who think the Gregorian songs should be sung as if they were Muslim... so there's a link there.
Can you point us in any particular direction?
Something on YouTube maybe that might support this assertion?
[link to www.chantcafe.com
I have to search through some blogs again but here is a starting point.
It was 5:00am and I’m sleeping in a hotel in Bodrum, Turkey, a secularized Islamic state as far from fundamentalism as one can imagine. This is a thoroughly modernized country with universal rights. I heard something strange and mysterious, a voice of some sort, a song. I rolled over and went to back to sleep and woke an hour later to the sound of a rooster. I figured I had dreamed the whole thing.
The next day, however, the same voice came on at 5:00am and this time I listened. It was chant of some kind of religious nature. Then I realized. This was coming from the local Mosque. The cantor was singing on the loudspeaker and it was heard through this sector of town.
At first, the sound puzzled me. Too foreign. I couldn’t understand the words. But then I became curious and heard melodic and textual similarities to the Gregorian chant. Surely there is a common ancestor between Quranic chant and the Gregorian tradition. They both use scripture. They both proclaim the word. They both date from the first millenium. They are both unmistakably religious.
By the fourth day, I was hooked. I got up just to hear it.
Come to prayer
Come to success
Prayer is better than sleep
Allah is the greatest
There is none worshipable but Allah