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The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages: Methodology and Source Studies, Regional Developments, Hagiography

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The Divine Office—the cycle of daily worship other than the Mass—is the richest source of liturgical texts and music from the Latin Middle Ages. However, its richness, the great diversity of its manuscripts, and its many variations from community to community have made it difficult to study, and it remains largely unexplored terrain. This volume is a practical guide to the Divine Office for students and scholars throughout the field of medieval studies. The book surveys the many questions related to the Office ...

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Overview

The Divine Office—the cycle of daily worship other than the Mass—is the richest source of liturgical texts and music from the Latin Middle Ages. However, its richness, the great diversity of its manuscripts, and its many variations from community to community have made it difficult to study, and it remains largely unexplored terrain. This volume is a practical guide to the Divine Office for students and scholars throughout the field of medieval studies. The book surveys the many questions related to the Office and presents the leading analytical tools and research methods now used in the field.

Beginning with the Office in the early Middle Ages, the book covers manuscript sources and their contents; regional developments and variations; the relationship between the Office, the Mass, and other ceremonies and repertories; and the deep links between the Office and medieval hagiography. The book concludes with a discussion of recent technical advances for handling the enormous amounts of evidence on the Office and its performance, in particular CANTUS, the vast electronic database developed by Ruth Steiner of Catholic University for the analysis of chant repertories.
The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages is an essential resource for anyone studying medieval liturgy. Its accessible style and broad coverage make it an important basic reference for a wide range of students and scholars in art history, religious studies, social history, literature, musicology, and theology.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"We owe thanks to the authors of this volume for making these difficult matters more accessible to nonspecialists." — Journal of the American Musicological Society

"Peter Jeffery's study, in a class by itself, is a major contribution to the study of the earliest Irish offices."—Peritia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195124538
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/17/2000
  • Pages: 656
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Margot E. Fassler is Robert S. Tangeman Professor of Musicology and Director of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University.

Rebecca A. Baltzer is Professor of Musicology at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Table of Contents

Prelude: Charting the Divine Office, Lila Collamore
Part I. A Methodological Introduction
1. Sermons, Sacramentaries, and Early Sources for the Office in the Latin West: The Example of Advent, Margot E. Fassler
2. Reading an Office Book, László Dobszay
Part II. The Pre-Carolingian Office
3. The Origins of the Western Office, James W. McKinnon
4. Observations on the Divine Office in the Rule of the Master, Joseph Dyer
5. Eastern and Western Elements in the Irish Monastic Prayer of the Hours, Peter Jeffery
Part III. Manuscript Studies
6. The Antiphoner of Compiègne, Paris, BNF lat. 17436, Ritva Jacobsson
7. The Divine Office at St. Martial in the Early Eleventh Century: Paris, BN lat. 1085, James Grier
8. The Cluniac Processional of Solesmes, Bibliothèque de l'Abbaye, Michael Huglo
9. Taking the Rough with the Smooth: Melodic Versions and Manuscript Status, Susan Rankin
Part IV. Regional Developments: Carolingian Period to the Later Middle Ages
10. Office Compositions from St. Gall: Saints Gallus and Othmar, Hartmut Möller
11. The Development and Chronology of the Ambrosian Sanctorale: The Evidence of the Antiphon Texts, Terence Bailey
12. Performing Latin Verse: Text and Music in Early Medieval Versified Offices, Gunilla Björkvall and Andreas Haug
13. From Office to Mass: The Antiphons of Vespers and Lauds and the Antiphons before the Gospel in Northern France, Anne Walters Robertson
14. The Office for the Feast of the Circumcision from Le Puy, Wulf Arlt
15. The Palm Sunday Processional in Medieval Chartres, Craig Wright
16. Nonconformity in the Use of Cambrai Cathedral: Guillaume Du Fay's Foundations, Barbara Haggh
Part V. Hagiography
17. Transforming a Viking into a Saint: The Divine Office of St. Olav, Gunilla Iversen
18. On the Prose Historia of St. Augustine, Janka Szendrei
19. The Historia of St. Julian of Le Mans by Létald of Micy: Some Comments and Questions about a North French Office of the Early Eleventh Century, David Hiley
20. The Little Office of the Virgin and Mary's Role at Paris, Rebecca A. Baltzer
21. The Carmelite Feast of the Presentation of the Virgin: A Study in Musical Adaptation, James John Boyce
Part VI. The Office and Computers
22. Large Projects and Small Resources: Late Medieval Liturgical Offices, Andrew Hughes
23. CANTUS and Tonaries, Lora Matthews & Paul Merkley
Bibliography of Writings by Ruth Steiner, Lila Collamore

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