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The Sense of SoundMusical Meaning in France, 1260-1330$
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Emma Dillon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732951

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732951.001.0001

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Devotional Listening and the Montpellier Codex

Devotional Listening and the Montpellier Codex

(p.287) 8 Devotional Listening and the Montpellier Codex
The Sense of Sound

Emma Dillon

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the supermusical effect of the repertory of devotional motets in light of the evidence for sound in prayer. It illustrates the close affinity between the sounds associated with prayer and the aural effect of the motet, and argues that the ethical meanings of prayer sound offer a new context in which to understand the sound of the motet. It also argues there were material affinities between prayer and motets, illustrating how the Montpellier Codex, the largest compendium of the ars antiqua motet, derived certain design features from Books of Hours. It culminates with a close reading of the devotional motet in situ, showing how audiences made sense of motet sound via a range of activities including singing, listening, reading, and meditating.

Keywords:   Motet, Montpellier Codex, Books of Hours

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