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The Divine Office in the Latin Middle AgesMethodology and Source Studies, Regional Developments, Hagiography$
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Rebecca A. Baltzer and Margot E. Fassler

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195124538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124538.001.0001

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Performing Latin Verse

Performing Latin Verse

Text and Music in Early Medieval Versified Offices

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The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Gunilla Björkvall

Andreas Haug

Oxford University Press

Versified Offices contain antiphons and responsories written in verse form. This subgenre appeared during the 10th century. Does the distinctive textual form of versified Offices have a bearing on the melodies composed for their performance? Using an interdisciplinary approach, this chapter analyzes the intricate relationship between the different verse forms appearing in selected early medieval Office texts and the melodies to which they were sung. Emphasis is on three early versified Offices: the Office of the Trinity, the Office of St. Lambert, and the Office of St. Fuscian.

Keywords:   Office, Trinity, Lambert, Fuscian, text setting, antiphons, responsories, St. Lambert, St. Fuscian, melody

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