The Antiphoner of Compiègne

Ritva Jacobsson

in The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780195124538
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868421 | DOI:
The Antiphoner of Compiègne

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The antiphoner of Compiègne (F-Pn MS lat. 17436), sometimes called the antiphoner of Charles the Bald, is the oldest existing Latin Office book, perhaps copied around 870. Although lavish, it is full of textual errors and was neither prepared for musical notation nor later supplied with neumes and reveals that is a kind of anthology copied from many different sources. This study of the Office for the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle compares two different works both found in the Antiphoner, showing the complexities of the source materials available at the time and the great accomplishments of those individuals who created new liturgical materials for the Office from the Bible and many other sources, always with a sophisticated understanding of their contexts.

Keywords: liturgical books; antiphoners; Charles the Bald; Office; Andrew the Apostle; manuscripts and prints; Office books; St. Andrew; responsories; antiphons

Chapter.  17162 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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