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.'
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