The arches of the Galilee Chapel at Durham Cathedral.

Cathedral of St. Lazare, Autun

Scene from a capital in the cathedral of St. Lazare, Autun, showing Gregorian Chants being played and sung. These were an important part of church musical traditions.

Detail of a capital from the Cathedral of St Lazare, Autun, France, 12th century. (For more information about the building see Paradox Place).

Historic buildings need to be seen in the context of contemporary literary, artistic and musical traditions that were inseparable from the architecture itself. This expressive scene shows the Gregorian chants, which, by the twelfth century, were very much part of the musical traditions associated with the Church.