Medieval Manuscripts for Mass and Office: A Guide to Their Organization and Terminology

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University of Toronto Press, 1995 - 470 pagina's
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Many books discuss the theology and doctrine of the medieval liturgy: there is no dearth of information on the history of the liturgy, the structure and development of individual services, and there is much discussion of specific texts, chants, and services. No book, at least in English, has struggled with the difficulties of finding texts, chants, or other material in the liturgical manuscripts themselves, until the publication of Medieval Manuscripts for Mass and Office in 1982.

Encompassing a period of several centuries, ca 1200-1500, this book provides solutions for such endeavours. Although by this period the basic order and content of liturgical books were more or less standardized, there existed hundreds of different methods of dealing with the internal organisation and the actual writing of the texts and chants on the page. Generalization becomes problematic; the use of any single source as a typical example for more than local detail is impossible.

Taking for granted the user's ability to read medieval scripts, and some codicological knowledge, Hughes begins with the elementary material without which the user could not proceed. He describes the liturgical year, season, day, service, and the form of individual items such as responsory or lesson, and mentions the many variants in terminology that are to be found in the sources. The presentation of individual text and chant is discussed, with an emphasis on the organisation of the individual column, line, and letter. Hughes examines the hitherto unexplored means by which a hierarchy of initial and capital letters and their colours are used by the scribes and how this hierarchy can provide a means by which the modern researcher can navigate through the manuscripts. Also described in great detail are the structure and contents of Breviaries, Missals, and the corresponding books with music. This new edition updates the bibliography and the new preface by Hughes presents his recent thoughts about terminology and methods of liturgical abbreviation.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

1The Liturgical Time
3
Epiphany to Palm Sunday
9
2The Textual and Musical Forms
21
Antiphonal psalmody
30
Hymns and sequences
37
Creeds
38
4The Offices
50
psalmody and preces
57
Lent to Easter
180
Saints
188
BREVIARIES
197
Advent to Christmas
211
The summer weeks
222
9Lent and Easter Week
245
Easter week
251
Masses on Sunday Tuesday
257

5Mass
81
The Eucharist
87
Content and Format
100
Music
107
7Mass Books
124
Christmas to Lent
134
MISSALS
143
8Office Books
160
Advent
167
The Vigil and Christmas Day
173
The procession to Mass Mass and Kaster Vespers and the processions
268
IIHistorie Responsories Introits Antiphons and Psalms
281
VRubrics Ordines Picas
297
IXFacsimiles
311
Notes
355
Bibliography
382
Figures
409
General Index
427
Copyright

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Over de auteur (1995)

Andrew Hughes is University Professor and Professor of the Centre for Medieval Studies and Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.

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