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From Serra to SanchoMusic and Pageantry in the California Missions$
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Craig H. Russell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195343274

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343274.001.0001

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Sacred Celebration

Sacred Celebration

Song, Sequence, Dance, and Pageantry

(p.154) Chapter 4 Sacred Celebration
From Serra to Sancho

Craig H. Russell

Oxford University Press

This chapter delves into sacred songs in the vernacular, such as the family of gozos (songs of praise), one of which had harmonies that were similar to the folía. The villancico is examined, as are vernacular-texted hymns and their processional pageantry that were associated with Corpus Christi. For this feast day, the Latin hymn Pange lingua and sequence Lauda Sion Salvatorem were sung quite differently in California than they were in medieval Europe. The procession for Corpus Christi utilized a semistandardized repertoire of Classical-sounding melodies (¡O qué suave!, ¡O Rey de corazones!, ¡O pan de vida!, and ¡O sacratissimo cuerpo de Jesús!) that accompanied an elaborate parade to four altars set up outside the mission walls. The founding of Monterey in 1770 by Father Serra serves as a representative example of this magnificent spectacle. Additional repertoire and feasts are examined, such as the Dies irae and Pentecost's Veni Sancte Spiritus.

Keywords:   gozos, villancico, hymns, Pange Lingua, Lauda Sion Salvatorem, Corpus Christi, Monterey, Junípero Serra, Dies irae, Veni Sancte Spiritus

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