Understanding the Old Hispanic Office : Texts, Melodies, and Devotion in Early Medieval Iberia /

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Cambridge University Press,, Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States, p.1 online resource (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01695168, (OCoLC)fst01911104, fast, History and criticism., Mozarabic chants, Mozarabic chants., Mozarabic rite (Catholic Church)


Includes bibliographical references and index.Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 13, 2023).The Old Hispanic Office : Evidence and Silence -- The Liturgical Year in the Old Hispanic Rite -- Old Hispanic Liturgical Manuscripts -- Old Hispanic Genres : Chants, Prayers and Readings -- The Old Hispanic Liturgical Day -- Old Hispanic Musical Notation : Its Characteristics and an Analytical Methodology -- Melodic Language in Old Hispanic Chant : Illustrating an Analytical Methodology -- Text, Melody and Theology in the Old Hispanic Marian Office.Based on highly original archival and palaeographical research, this is the first methodological and factual primer in English on the distinctive liturgical tradition of early medieval Spain. It provides clear and approachable blueprints for future work on the description and analysis (musical, theological and cultural) of this and other liturgies. For non-specialists, the authors introduce the main features of Old Hispanic liturgy, its manuscripts, its services and its liturgical genres. For specialists, they model a variety of ways to work with the Old Hispanic materials in depth, incorporating notational, musical, theological and historical perspectives. For those interested in musical notation, the book lays out a method for working with unpitched neumes, with illustrative results, that will inspire and challenge others working on monophonic chant. For historians and liturgists, the texts and melodies are analysed in combination with the theological context that informed their creation.