Office Compositions from St. Gall

Hartmut Möller

in The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780195124538
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868421 | DOI:
Office Compositions from St. Gall

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Some of the earliest chant MSS from St. Gall include the Offices for the two primary saints of the region, Gallus and Othmar. These sources are D-W MS Guelf. 17.5. Aug. 4o (890-920), and GB-Lbl MS Add. 21170 (c.920). The Offices of both saints were also copied around the year 1000 in the Antiphoner of Hartker. Sources such as these allow us to glimpse at first hand how music and texts for new Offices were created in the 10th and 11th centuries in St. Gall., adapting older materials to new circumstances. Discussion of these two Offices incorporates different emphases, depending upon the nature of the materials.

Keywords: manuscripts and prints; Gall Office; liturgical books; antiphoners; Hartker; religious institutions

Chapter.  8148 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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