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The Office for the Feast of the Circumcision from Le Puy

Wulf Arlt

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/9780195124538.003.0015
The Office for the Feast of the Circumcision from Le Puy

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The Office for the Feast of Circumcision (sometimes called the Feast of Fools) was celebrated throughout the more than twenty-four hours starting with First Vespers on 31 December and lasting through Compline of New Year's Day. This elaborate Office, one of several designed for celebration by clerical orders during the Octave of Christmas, is preserved in great detail in a 16th-century MS from Le Puy. Evidence confirms, however, that the Office itself dates from at least the 13th century. This chapter discusses the sources and history of this Office — known as Bozolari — and its music, and places them in the context of earlier traditions from Beauvais, Paris, and Sens.

Keywords: Bozolari; Christmas music; January 1st; Beauvais; clerics' Offices; feast of fools; polyphony; farses; songs and lessons

Chapter.  9174 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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