Laus angelica: Poetry in the Medieval Mass

Laus angelica: Poetry in the Medieval Mass

by Gunilla Iversen
     
 

ISBN-10: 2503531334

ISBN-13: 9782503531335

Pub. Date: 12/31/2010

Publisher: Brepols Publishers

The liturgical celebration of the Mass, a multifarious spiritual, artistic, and intellectual manifestation, had a central position in the cultural life of medieval Europe. The 'Gregorian Chants', mostly words from passages of the Old Testament, were reinterpreted and ornamented by means of new lyrics, and became the basis for new literary and musical genres, such

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The liturgical celebration of the Mass, a multifarious spiritual, artistic, and intellectual manifestation, had a central position in the cultural life of medieval Europe. The 'Gregorian Chants', mostly words from passages of the Old Testament, were reinterpreted and ornamented by means of new lyrics, and became the basis for new literary and musical genres, such as tropes, sequences, and other new lyrics. In spite of all the unifying efforts made by the Carolingian reformers, a rich variety in practice came to characterize the performance of the Mass in the ninth through the twelfth centuries. Extensive repertories of new texts and melodies were spread in manuscripts all over Europe. Until now this fascinating material has been the preserve of a small circle of specialists in musicology and philology. With this volume, the author introduces and analyses these hidden treasures to make them available to a wider public. It is directed to those with an interest in the philosophy, theology, and history of medieval Latin literature, and in the expressions of spiritual, poetic, and musical creativity of the European Middle Ages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9782503531335
Publisher:
Brepols Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/2010
Series:
Medieval Church Studies Series, #5
Pages:
337
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgements Note on the English Edition List of Abbreviations Introduction: New Lyric Genres in the Medieval Mass Chapter 1: Encountering the Sacred: Medieval Interpretations of the Mass Introit Chapter 2: To Sing with the Prophets: Tropes for the Antiphon of the Mass Introit Chapter 3: Kyrie Eleison: Bilingual Prayer and Chanted Incense Chapter 4: Gloria in Excelsis Deo: The Hymn of the Angels Chapter 5: To Sing with the Host of Angels: Sequences of the Early Period Chapter 6: In Praise of the Virgin Mary: Sequences of the Twelfth Century Chapter 7: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus: The Hymn of the Angels and Mankind in Praise of the Trinity Chapter 8: Agnus Dei: Prayer to the Lamb of God, Praise to the King of Angels Chapter 9: Symphony of the Celestial Harmony: Liturgical Language and Hildegards Poetry Chapter 10: Singing with Angels: Heavenly Music in Liturgical Poetry Epilogue Bibliography Index of Manuscripts Index of Textual Incipits Index of Biblical Passages General Index

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