The Commission on the Archives in Toledo Cathedral

Susan Boynton

in Silent Music

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199754595
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918850 | DOI:

Series: Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music

The Commission on the Archives in Toledo Cathedral

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This chapter describes the methods of study employed by the Commission on the Archives and particularly by Burriel and Palomares (including Burriel’s innovative comparative method and Palomares’s unusually accurate renderings of the neumes in the medieval manuscripts of Toledo cathedral, in some cases complete copies). The first part addresses the relationship between Burriel and the cathedral canons, and the skills possessed by his assistants. The body of the chapter describes Palomares’s copies of liturgical manuscripts and Burriel’s commentary on them. The chapter describes Burriel’s approach to the history of the Mozarabic community through its liturgical texts. The concluding section focuses on Burriel’s interest in adoptionism, a heterodox theology espoused by the eighth-century bishop Elipandus of Toledo. Burriel noted instances of adoptionist language in the Old Hispanic liturgical manuscripts in Toledo cathedral.

Keywords: adoptionism; archives; Burriel; comparative method; Elipandus of Toledo; manuscripts; Mozarabic rite; neumes; Palomares; Toledo

Chapter.  12778 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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