Music in the Medieval English Liturgy: Plainsong and Medii'Aval Music Society Centennial Essays

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This collection of essays celebrates the work of the Plainsong and Mediaeval Music society and was written in particular to celebrate their centenary. Founded in 1888, the Society quickly established two areas of activity: to propagate information on medieval music and to revitalize the Anglican liturgy with the riches of the plainchant of the Roman Rite. Focusing on the scholarly side of the society's activities, the essays reflect the founders' interest in medieval music, both monophonic and polyphonic, and, particularly, their concern with chant. The contributors are among the most distinguished scholars of medieval music of recent years. Their essays are complemented by many music examples and a number of line drawings.

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"This book is classic and should be found in every musicological library as well as in general libraries for ecclesiastical students. It is a welcome addition to the growing list of scholarly musicological publications coming from Oxford University Press."Sacred Music

"These essays help to establish that the liturgy is an artistic phenomenon-mousike in the classical Greek and nineteenth-century romantic sense of everything that is poetic."—Church History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780193161252
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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University of Cambridge

University of Regensburg

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Table of Contents

1 The Plainsong & Mediaeval Music Society, 1888-1988 1
I Liturgy and Liturgical Music in the Eleventh Century
2 Unica in the Cotton Caligula Troper 11
3 Remarks on the Alleluia and Responsory Series in the Winchester Troper 47
4 Winchester Polyphony: The Early Theory and Practice of Organum 59
5 Stylistic Layers in Eleventh-Century Polyphony: How can the Continental Sources contribute to our Understanding of the Winchester Organa? 101
II Liturgical Uses and Genres in Medieval England
6 Post-Pentecost Alleluias in Medieval British Liturgies 145
7 Marian Antiphons at Cluny and Lewes 175
8 An English Noted Breviary of circa 1200 205
9 British Rhymed Offices: A Catalogue and Commentary 239
10 Relations between Liturgical and Vernacular Music in Medieval England 285
III Liturgical Polyphony in Later Medieval England
11 Plainsong into Polyphony: Repertories and Structures circa 1270-circa 1420 303
12 The Manuscript London, British Library Harley 1709 355
Sources 381
Incipits and Titles 386
Names 404
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