The Exultet in Southern Italy / Edition 1

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The Exultet rolls of southern Italy are parchment scrolls containing text and music for the blessing of the great Easter candle; they contain magnificent illustrations, often turned upside down with respect to the text, The Exultet in Southern Italy provides a broad perspective on this phenomenon that has long attracted the interest of those interested in medieval art, liturgy, and music. This book considers these documents in the cultural and liturgical context in which they were made, and provides a perspective on all aspects of this particularly southern Italian practice. While previous studies have concentrated on the illustrations in these rolls, Kelly's book also looks at the particular place of the Exultet in changing ceremonial practices, provides background on the texts and music used in southern Italy, and inquires into the manufacture and purpose of the Exultets—why they were made, who owned them, and how they were used.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195095272
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
The Exultet and the Roll 3
The Exultet in the Liturgy 3
Illustration in Exultet Rolls 4
The Exultet as a Mirror of Change 6
Introduction to the Sources 7
Special Character of the South Italian Exultet 10
2 The Rotulus 12
Early History 13
The Medieval Rotulus: Ceremonial, Practical, and Decorative 15
The Rotulus in the Liturgy 20
3 The Texts 30
Early History of the Exultet 31
The Cursus in the Texts of the Beneventan and Franco-Roman Exultet 44
Origin and Author of the Exultet 50
The Beneventan Text of the Exultet 53
The Franco-Roman Text of the Exultet 59
The Franco-Roman Text of the Exultet in Southern Italy 63
4 The Music 79
The Context of the Beneventan Melody 82
The Beneventan Melody of the Exultet 88
Writing the Melody 94
Melodic Decoration in Performance and Writing 104
Other Melodies: The "Roman Melody" in Southern Italy 114
5 The Pictures 119
What Is in the Pictures? 120
How Are the Pictures Arranged? 122
Transmission of Illustrative Cycles 125
6 The Liturgy 134
The Exultet in the Beneventan Liturgy 135
The Adoption of Franco-Roman Practice: Benevento and Montecassino 143
The Ceremony of the Exultet: Some Details 150
7 Making and Using Exultet Rolls 169
The Scribes 169
Scribe, Illustrator, and Notator: Practical Considerations in the Manufacture of a Roll 170
New Rolls for Old 184
8 Conclusion: The Purpose of Making Exultet Rolls 191
Why Write Down the Music of the Exultet? 191
Why the Deacon? 192
Why Write the Exultet on a Scroll? 194
Why Put Pictures on an Exultet Roll? 199
Origins and Purposes 206
Appendix 1 The Sources 212
The Rolls 212
South Italian and Dalmatian Codices 254
Central Italian Codices 260
Appendix 2 Editions of the South Italian Exultet 263
The Beneventan Text of the Exultet 264
The Franco-Roman Text of the Exultet in South Italy 272
Early Versions of the Franco-Roman Text of the Exultet 289
Appendix 3 Texts Related to the South Italian Exultet 303
References to Exultet Rolls 303
References to the Ceremonial of the Exultet 305
Bibliography 313
Index of Manuscripts 341
General Index 346
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