9780754627647

Embellishing the Liturgy: Tropes and Polyphony

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  • ISBN13:

    9780754627647

  • ISBN10:

    0754627640

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-28
  • Publisher: Ashgate (AGH)

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Summary

After the imposition of Gregorian chant upon most of Europe by the authority of the Carolingian kings and emperors in the eighth and ninth centuries, a large number of repertories arose in connection with the new chant and its liturgy. Of these repertories, the tropes, together with the sequences, represent the main creative activity of European musicians in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh centuries. Because they were not an absolutely official part of the liturgy, as was Gregorian chant, they reflect local traditions, particularly in terms of melody, and more so than the new pieces that were composed at the time. In addition, the earlier layers of tropes represent, in many cases, a survival of the pre local pre Gregorian melodic traditions. This volume provides an introduction to the study of tropes in the form of an extensive anthology of major studies and a comprehensive bibliography and constitutes a classic reference resource for the study of one of the most important musico-liturgical genres of the central middle ages.

Table of Contents

Tropes in General: The troping hypothesis
Some observations on the interrelationships between trop repertories
Aux origines des tropes d'interpolation: le trope mTloforme d'intront
Les libelli de tropes et les premiers tropaires-prosaires
Tropes and the concept of genre
Beyond a chant, 'Tui Sunt Caeli' and its tropes
The liturgical function of the tropes
On the nature of transmission and change in trope repertories
Zum VerstSndniss des'klassischen' tropus
Aquitaine and the West: Northern French elements in an early Aquitainian troper
A new voice in the monastery: tropes and versus from 11th- and 12th-century Aquitaine
Further notes on the grouping of the Aquitanian tropers
St Gall and the East: Tropentypen in Sankt Gallen
Some observations on the repertory of tropes at St Emmeram
From tuotilo to the 1st manuscripts: the shaping of a trope repertory at Saint Gall
The Ordinary: The earliest Agnus Dei melody and its tropes
The Kyrie trope
Pax et sapienta: a thematic study on tropes from different traditions
Introducing the Gloria In Excelsis
Tropes in the Office: Melismatic tropes in the responsories for Matins
New music from old: the structuring of responsory prosas
Index
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The tropes, together with the sequences, represent the main creative activity of European musicians in the nineth, tenth, and eleventh centuries. This volume provides an introduction to the study of tropes in the form of an extensive anthology of major studies and a comprehensive bibliography, providing a useful entryway into the study of one of the most important musico-liturgical genres of the central middle ages.

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