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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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The Office for the Feast of the Circumcision from Le Puy

The Office for the Feast of the Circumcision from Le Puy

(p.324) 14 The Office for the Feast of the Circumcision from Le Puy
The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Wulf Arlt

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The Office for the Feast of Circumcision (sometimes called the Feast of Fools) was celebrated throughout the more than twenty-four hours starting with First Vespers on 31 December and lasting through Compline of New Year's Day. This elaborate Office, one of several designed for celebration by clerical orders during the Octave of Christmas, is preserved in great detail in a 16th-century MS from Le Puy. Evidence confirms, however, that the Office itself dates from at least the 13th century. This chapter discusses the sources and history of this Office — known as Bozolari — and its music, and places them in the context of earlier traditions from Beauvais, Paris, and Sens.

Keywords:   Bozolari, Christmas music, January 1st, Beauvais, clerics' Offices, feast of fools, polyphony, farses, songs and lessons

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