The Study of Medieval Chant: Paths and Bridges, East and West. In Honor of Kenneth Levy

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Overview

Gregorian chant was the dominant liturgical music of the medieval period, from the time it was adopted by Charlemagne's court in the eighth century; but for centuries afterwards it competed with other musical traditions, local repertories from the great centres of Rome, Milan, Ravenna, Benevento, Toledo, Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Kievan Rus, and comparative study of these chant traditions can tell us much about music, liturgy, literacy and culture a thousand years ago. This is the first book-length work to look at the issues in a global, comprehensive way, in the manner of the work of Kenneth Levy, the leading exponent of comparative chant studies. It covers the four most fruitful approaches for investigators: the creation and transmission of chant texts, based on the psalms and other sources, and their assemblage into liturgical books; the analysis and comparison of musical modes and scales; the uses of neumatic notation for writing down melodies, and the differences wrought by developmental changes and notational reforms over the centuries; and the use of case studies, in which the many variations in a specific text or melody are traced over time and geographical distance. The book is therefore of profound importance for historians of medieval music or religion - Western, Byzantine, or Slavonic - and for anyone interested in issues of orality and writing in the transmission of culture.PETER JEFFERY is Professor of Music History, Princeton University. Contributors: JAMES W. McKINNON, MARGOT FASSLER, MICHEL HUGLO, NICOLAS SCHIDLOVSKY, KEITH FALCONER, PETER JEFFERY, DAVID G. HUGHES, SYSSE GUDRUN ENGBERG, CHARLES M. ATKINSON, MILOS VELIMIROVIC, JORGEN RAASTED+, RUTH STEINER, DIMITRIJE STEFANOVIC, ALEJANDRO PLANCHART.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851158006
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/18/2002
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of tables
List of examples
Bibliographical abbreviations
Biblical citations
Musical pitches and modes
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pt. I Emerging and Converging Textual Traditions 1
1 Liturgical psalmody in the Sermons of St. Augustine: an introduction 7
2 The first Marian feast in Constantinople and Jerusalem: chant texts, readings, and homiletic literature 25
3 The Cantatorium, from Charlemagne to the fourteenth century 89
4 A new folio for Mt. Athos MS Chilandari 307, with some observations on the contents of the Slavic Lenten Sticherarion and Pentekostarion 105
Pt. II Mode and Melos 125
5 The modes before the modes: antiphon and differentia in Western chant 131
6 The earliest oktoechoi: the role of Jerusalem and Palestine in the beginnings of modal ordering 147
7 Guido's Tritus: an aspect of chant style 211
Pt. III Turning Points in the History of the Neumatic Notations 227
8 The other modus: on the theory and practice of intervals in the eleventh and twelfth centuries 233
9 Russian musical azbuki: a turning point in the history of Slavonic chant 257
Pt. IV Case Studies in Melodic Transmission 269
10 Kontakion melodies in oral and written tradition 273
11 On the verses of the offertory Elegerunt 283
12 The trisagion in some Byzantine and Slavonic stichera 303
13 Proses in the sources of Roman chant, and their alleluias 313
Conclusion 341
Publications of Kenneth Levy 343
Index of manuscripts 347
Index of chant incipits 355
Index of Biblical references 359
Subject index 364
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