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What is the proper way to breathe when singing Gregorian Chant?
With operettic music and modern music, you only breathe in when there is either a breath mark or punctuation. Otherwise, in the middle of sentences, and especially in the middle of words, you're not supposed to breathe in.
How is it with Gregorian Chant? Take the Kyrie Eleison in the Missa de Angelis, for example. The e in Kyrie is very lengthy. When I hear Gregorian Chant, they do take breaths within the word, but I don't know if it's actually correct. With operettic and contemporary music it's improper to do that.
I know next-to-nothing about Gregorian chant, but I know about singing.
You do what you have to do.
I accompany a men's choir (I'm a woman). Most of these men are 70 or older. As much as the director would prefer that they not take a breath in the middle of certain phrases, and certainly not in the middle or words, there are times when age and physical limitations make the breath necessary.