The Forms and Orders of Western Liturgy from the Tenth to the Eighteenth Century : A Historical Introduction and Guide for Students and Musicians
on the rites of the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England.
There is consideration of the nature of liturgy, a historical summary, and individual chapters on medieval churches and their communities, the Christian calendar, medieval liturgical books, the Psalms, the Office, the Mass, Processions and Additional Observances, Holy Week and Easter, the Tridentine Rite, and the English Book of Common Prayer. There are two further chapters which raise the problems of establishing the order of a liturgical service, and introduce selected medieval sources
accessible in facsimile or edition. A select, annotated bibliography and a glossary of ecclesiastical and liturgical terms are included.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 157 x 232 x 21mm | 526g
- 01 Jun 1997
- Oxford University Press
- Clarendon Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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Mark Bighley, CrossAccent 'a succinct and clearly organized introduction to the main forms of the Roman Latin rite and its Anglican offspring ... It will certainly prove a helpful volume for those trying to come to grips with ... a modern edition or facsimile of a medieval book ... Availability in paperback form places the results within reach of the readership for which the volume was designed, and I hope ample use will be made of it.'
David Hiley, Universitat Regensburg, Notes, June 1993 'this is a useful book'
Richard M. Nardone, Seton Hall University, The Catholic Historical Review, April 1993 'Professor Harper's book provides an exceptionally clear and comprehensive account of the sources and structures of virtually all the forms of service of the Western Church. It is an essential work of reference for all serious students of church music and liturgy.'
Jill Pinnock, Theological Book Review, May 1992 (vol. 4 no. 3) 'This book fulfils a basic need for all who are interested in the liturgy of the early Church, its nature and purpose. This is the kind of book which is difficult to put down once it has been started. John Harper writes in an easy style, but it does not mask the great love and impeccable research which has gone into producing such an exciting book. Oxford University Press has priced this book well within the reach of those who will wish to add it to their
library. It is a must for all church musicians and - with the Christmas season to hand - what more useful gift could be found?'
John Ewington `Of particular value to the general reader who wishes to understand the context of the medieval and renaissance music that he hears as well as to those with a more practical interest in reconstructing services is The Forms and Orders of Western Liturgy from the Tenth to the Eighteenth Century ... I have nothing but admiration for Harper's skilful account, and those who enjoy early music but who have not had a Catholic or Anglican upbringing will
benefit immensely from reading the opening chapters.'
Early Music News `This is the kind of book that is difficult to put down once it has been started. John Harper writes in an easy style but it does not mask the great love and impeccable research which has gone into producing such an exciting book.'
Magazine of the Guild of Church Musicians `It presents a clear and lucid introduction to the terminology, structure and content of the Wetern liturgies.'