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The following links go to graphical (.gif) files; one file for each tone (Liber Usualis, "The Ordinary Chants of the Office: the Eight Tones," Desclee, 1962, 112-117).

Tone 1

Mediant of 2 accents.

Terminations (10) of 1 accent with two preparatory syllables. In the termination of D2, the additional note of the dactylic cadence is anticipated with the accented syllable and precdedes the clivis (flexa).

Tone 2

Mediant of 1 accent.

Termination of 1 accent with 1 preceding syllable. One alternate tenor and flex.

Tone 3

Mediant of 2 accents (the additional note of the dactylic cadence is anticipated with the accented syllable and precedes the clivis).

Terminations (5) of 1 accent
-- with 1 preparatory syllable, a, b;
-- with 2 preparatory syllables, a*, g;
-- with 3 preparatory syllables, g2.

Tone 4

Mediant of 1 accent with 2 preparatory syllables. Three alternate formulas.

Terminations (5) of 1 accent with 3 preparatory syllables. (In the termination E, the additional note of the dactylic cadence is anticipated with the accented syllable and precedes the clivis.)

Tone 5

Mediant of 1 accent. One alternate formula.

Termination of 2 accents.

Tone 6

Mediant of 2 accents -- or of 1 accent with 1 preparatory syllable. Two alternate formulas.

Termination of 1 accent with 2 preparatory syllables.

Tone 7

Mediant of 2 accents

Terminations (5) of 2 accents.

Tone 8

Mediant of 1 accent; One alternate formula.

Terminations (3) of 1 accent with 2 preparatory syllables.

Tone "Peregrinus" [the "wandering" tone]

Mediant of 1 accent with 3 preparatory syllables,
-- or with 2 preparatory syllables. One alternate formula.

Termination of 1 accent with 1 preparatory syllable.

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