Music and performance in the Book of hours

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Routledge,, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom ; New York, United States, p.xiv, 232 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00836484, (OCoLC)fst00895764, (OCoLC)fst00947816, (OCoLC)fst02018884, 15e siècle, 15e siècle., 15th century, 15th century., Books of hours, Books of hours., Chant grégorien, Divine office (Music), fast, France, Gregorian chants, Gregorian chants., Histoire, Histoire et critique., History, History and criticism., Livres d'heures, Office divin (Musique), Religious aspects, Sound


Includes bibliographical references and index.Music of the Offices. Psalms ; Antiphons ; Hymns ; Responsories ; Dialogues -- Music beyond the Offices. The Seven Penitential Psalms ; The Litany ; Suffrages ; Mass for the Virgin."This study uncovers the musical foundations and performance suggestions of books of hours, the prayer manuals that were the most popular and widespread books of the late Middle Ages. Exploring a variety of musical genres and sections of books of hours with musical implications, this book presents a richly textured sound world gleaned from dozens of extant manuscript sources from fifteenth-century France. It offers the first overview of the musical content of these guides to liturgy and prayer, together with cues that show scribal awareness for the articulation of sacred plainchants. Although books of hours lack musical notation, this survey elucidates the full range of musical genres and styles suggested both within and beyond the liturgical offices prescribed in books of hours. Privileging sound and ritual enactment in the experience of the hours, the survey complements studies of visual imagery that have dominated the category. The book's interdisciplinary approach within a musical context, and beautiful full color illustrations, will attract not only specialists in musicology, liturgy, and late medieval studies, but also those more broadly interested in the history of the book, memory, performance studies, and art history"--