Music and liturgy in medieval Britain and Ireland

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Cambridge University Press,, Cambridge, United Kingdom ;, p.xvi, 362 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00860809, (OCoLC)fst00860816, (OCoLC)fst00947816, (OCoLC)fst01000579, 500-1400, 500-1400., Catholic Church, Catholic Church., Chant grégorien, Church music, Church music., Église catholique, fast, Grande-Bretagne, Great Britain, Gregorian chants, Gregorian chants., Histoire et critique., History and criticism., Ireland, Irlande, Liturgics., Musique d'église


Includes bibliographical references and index."Locus iste: This place. So begins the well-known sung text, or plainchant, forming part of the religious dedication of a building or altar. It can found in hundreds of musical sources across Europe, from the earliest complete surviving antiphonary to include neumes (probably copied at the Swiss Benedictine monastery of Einsiedeln by Abbot Gregor the Englishman in the years around 960-70) to the printed liturgical books that circulated in the early sixteenth century, and up to the present day.1 The full Gradual, 'Locus iste a Deo factum est inestimabile sacramentum irreprehensibilis est' ('This place was made inestimably sacred by God; it is beyond reproach'), emphasises the permanence and enduring holiness of ceremonial spaces within the Christian church. Its presence served as a performative connection between widely distributed churches and chapels and Rome, the spiritual centre of the Christian West"--