Emma Hornby – Medieval Liturgical Chant and Patristic Exegesis

Medieval Liturgical ChantMedieval Liturgical Chant and Patristic Exegesis: Words and Music in the Second-Mode Tract

How do text and melody relate in western liturgical chant? Is the music simply an abstract vehicle for the text, or does it articulate textual structure and meaning? These questions are addressed here through a case study of the second-mode tracts, lengthy and complex solo chants for Lent, which were created in the papal choir of Rome before the mid-eighth century. These partially formulaic chants function as exegesis, with non-syntactical text divisions and emphatic musical phrases promoting certain directions of inner meditation in both performers and listeners. (mais…)

Paper at “Residência Cisterciense”, September 19

Residência Cisterciense 2014Tomorrow (19 September) I’ll be presenting a paper at the II Residência Cisterciense “A Estética, o Espaço e o Tempo: Reflexos da Contra-Reforma na praxis musical”, at the monastery of S. Bento de Cástris in Évora. The paper is entitled “O canto do ofício na Quaresma e Semana Santa no Mosteiro de S. Bento de Cástris: O manuscrito 29 do Arquivo Distrital de Évora e a sua organização” (The singing of office during Lent and Holy Week in the Monastery of S. Bento de Cástris: The manuscript 29 of Arquivo Distrital de Évora and its organization). (mais…)

The Schola of Ensemble Eborensis

Schola do Ensemble EborensisThe Schola of Ensemble Eborensis, is a new project of my group which is collaborating in the project “Orfeus: A reforma tridentina e a música no silêncio claustral: O mosteiro de S. Bento de Cástris” (EXPL/EPH-PAT/2253/2013), which is in development by CIDEHUS-UÉ (in collaboration with UnIMeM) in which I’m working at the moment. (mais…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #053

chantf. 26r

In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 26 recto of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. In this folio are present the fifth and sixth antiphon of second nocturn for the feast of St Stephen. The first antiphon of the page is one of the simplest thinkable. Very fine L capital on Lapidabant of the first responsory in the second nocturn. (mais…)

On the Feast of St Bernard

chantOdoriferum lilium is one of the responsories for Matins of the feast of this saint. I really enjoy this one in particular for the beautiful design of the melodic line and the low tessitura. This was one of the examples I used in my talk last year, at the “Residência Cisterciense” in the Monastery of S. Bento de Cástris, Évora, a feminine cistercian house that had quite a lot of music activity during the seveenteenth and eighteenth centuries. (mais…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #051

chantf. 25r

In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 25 recto of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. We are at the end of the antiphons for the first nocturn of the matins of St Stephen, followed by the first, second and third responsories of (obviously) the same matins. Beautiful S with mysteriously not fully coloured top half. There are several proofs (again) that this capital was made after text and music. (mais…)