By Sr. Fidelis
Look at the antiphon below—a perfect example! It recites on LA and returns to LA. (Remember that solfege came after the fact) These simple cantillations were already in existence. Listen to Lauda Jerusalem, which then segues into Psalm 147, verses 12-20. The Psalm tone also returns to the LA, just as the antiphon does.
Stay tuned next week, when we’ll look at several other antiphons which use these same pitches, but then descend to a lower pitch, so we can actually see this evolution!