The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages: Methodology and Source Studies, Regional Developments, Hagiography

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Margot E. Fassler, Rebecca A. Baltzer
Oxford University Press, 2000 M08 17 - 656 pages
The Divine Office--the cycle of daily worship other than the Mass--is the richest source of liturgical texts and music from the Latin Middle Ages. However, its richness, the great diversity of its manuscripts, and its many variations from community to community have made it difficult to study, and it remains largely unexplored terrain. This volume is a practical guide to the Divine Office for students and scholars throughout the field of medieval studies. The book surveys the many questions related to the Office and presents the leading analytical tools and research methods now used in the field. Beginning with the Office in the early Middle Ages, the book covers manuscript sources and their contents; regional developments and variations; the relationship between the Office, the Mass, and other ceremonies and repertories; and the deep links between the Office and medieval hagiography. The book concludes with a discussion of recent technical advances for handling the enormous amounts of evidence on the Office and its performance, in particular CANTUS, the vast electronic database developed by Ruth Steiner of Catholic University for the analysis of chant repertories. The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages is an essential resource for anyone studying medieval liturgy. Its accessible style and broad coverage make it an important basic reference for a wide range of students and scholars in art history, religious studies, social history, literature, musicology, and theology.


Sermons Sacramentaries and Early Sources for the Office in the Latin West
Reading an Office Book
The Origins of the Western Office
Observations on the Divine Office in the Rule of the Master
Eastern and Western Elements in the Irish Monastic Prayer of the Hours
The Antiphoner of Compiègne
The Divine Office at SaintMartial in the Early Eleventh Century
The Cluniac Processional of Solesmes
From Office to Mass
The Office for the Feast of the Circumcision from Le Puy
The Palm Sunday Procession in Medieval Chartres
Nonconformity in the Use of Cambrai Cathedral
Transforming a Viking into a Saint The Divine Office of St Olav
On the Prose Historia of St Augustine
The Historia of St Julian of Le Mans by Letald of Micy
The Little Office of the Virgin and Marys Role at Paris

Taking the Rough with the Smooth
Office Compositions from St Gall
The Development and Chronology of the Ambrosian Sanctorale
Performing Latin Verse
The Carmelite Feast of the Presentation of the Virgin
Large Projects and Small Resources Late Medieval Liturgical Offices
CANTUS and Tonaries

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Margot E. Fassler is Robert S. Tangeman Professor of Musicology and Director of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. Rebecca A. Baltzer is Professor of Musicology at the University of Texas, Austin.

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