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Performing Latin Verse

Gunilla Björkvall and Andreas Haug

in The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780195124538
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868421 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124538.003.0013
Performing Latin Verse

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Versified Offices contain antiphons and responsories written in verse form. This subgenre appeared during the 10th century. Does the distinctive textual form of versified Offices have a bearing on the melodies composed for their performance? Using an interdisciplinary approach, this chapter analyzes the intricate relationship between the different verse forms appearing in selected early medieval Office texts and the melodies to which they were sung. Emphasis is on three early versified Offices: the Office of the Trinity, the Office of St. Lambert, and the Office of St. Fuscian.

Keywords: Office; Trinity; Lambert; Fuscian; text setting; antiphons; responsories; St. Lambert; St. Fuscian; melody

Chapter.  8250 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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