Music in the Medieval English Liturgy

Music in the Medieval English Liturgy : Plainsong and Mediaeval 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. Of the two sides of the Society's activities, the scholarly and the practical, this collection represents the former. The essays reflect the founders' interest in medieval music, both monophonic and polyphonic, and, particularly, their concern with chant. From its inception, the PMMS has directed much of its attention to the British source of medieval music, the music which might contribute to a renewal of the liturgy of the Anglican church, and this is reflected here. The contributors to this volume 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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  • Hardback | 422 pages
  • 173.7 x 256.5 x 19.6mm | 725.76g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • frontispiece, halftones, tables, music examples
  • 0193161257
  • 9780193161252

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This volume belatedly commemorates the centenary of 1988 and is of considerable interest and value in its own right. The commemorative volume is a worthy signal that despite changing times there is life yet in the Society and its adherents. As will be seen, several at least of these essays are destined to rank as important contributions to the literature for many years to come, not least because the volume, magnificently prited, is furnished with a very full triple
index of manuscript sources, of incipits and titles, and of names. * Anthony Ward, SM, Ephemerides Liturgicae 109 (1995) * finely-edited volume * Bulletin Codicologique * a wealth of valuable information. * Southwestern Journal of Theology * This collection of studies cannot but impress the reader with the constant, sophisticated liturgical and musical initiative in the medieval literagy. * Worship * 'a welcome contribution to medieval musical scholarship ... It reveals evidence that important groups of medievalists ... are directing their attention towards the musical remains of England ..., As well as congratulating Dr Rankin and Professor Hiley for the care they have devoted to this important volume, one wishes the Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society another century of scholarly success in facilitating the careful study of plainsong and the remarkable
musical accomplishments of the English Middle Ages.'
William J. Summers, Music and Letters, Vol. 75, No. 4, Nov '94 'Most of these contributions will be of greatest use to specialists, but many raise issues of broader interest: the idiosyncrasies and hallmarks of repertories (and of individual composers), transmission, copying and performance contexts. By providing a new state of research on medieval English liturgical music, the editors have set the stage for the next 100 years of scholarship.'
Barbara Haggh, Early Music, May 1994 `Many of these papers represent works in progress, and judging by this volume the PMMS has many more years of fruitful publishing ahead of it.'
Early Music Today
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Table of contents

1. David Hiley: The Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society, 1888-1988; I. Liturgy and Liturgical Poyphony in Early Medieval England; 2. Ritva Jacobsson: Unica in the Cotton Caligula Troper; 3. Michel Huglo: Remarks on the Aleluia and Responsory Series in the Winchester Troper; 4. David Hiley: Post-Pentecost Alleluias in Medieval British Liturgies; 5. Susan Rankin: Winchester Polyphony: The Early Theory and Practice of Organum; 6. Wulf Arlt: Stylistic Layers in
Eleventh-Century Polyphony: How can the Continental Sources Contribute to our Understanding of the Winchester Organum?; II. Liturgy and Liturgical Polyphony in Later Medieval England; 7. Ruth Steiner: Marian Antiphons at Cluny and Lewes; 8. David Chadd: An English Noted Breviary of circa 1200; 9. Andrew
Hughes: British Rhymed Offices: A Catologue and Commentary; 10. John Caldwell: Relations between Liturgical and Vernacular Music in Medieval England; 11. Frank Ll. Harrison: Plainsong into Polyphony: Repertories and Structures circa 1270-circa 1420; 12. Nick Sandon: The Manuscript London, British Library Harley 1709; Index
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