The Dominican Office of the Dead in Portugal - LC 134, a case study

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Throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the Office of the Dead was a central element in Christian liturgical ritual, revealing unique liturgical-musical particularities, and its study can be an important tool for the understanding of musical sources, such as the identification of liturgical traditions.
Thanks to the projects "Musical exchanges, 1100-1650: The circulation of early music in Europe and overseas in Iberian and Iberian-related sources"; "Digital survey of pre-1600 musical sources"; and "Historical collection of the Monastery of Arouca - Recovery and cataloging", carried out in CESEM under the supervision of Professor Manuel Pedro Ferreira, were digitized a large part of the music sources dated until 1700 from the main portuguese archives and libraries. Among them, all those that contained the Office of Death were selected in order to carry out an exhaustive study about the musical and textual peculiarities of this genre.
In the National Library of Portugal, there is the LC 134, the only known portuguese source of Dominican tradition that contains this Office, an antiphonary from the Convento de Santa Joana of Lisbon dated 1618. In this paper I will present the study of the Office of Dead in this manuscript wich revealed unique musical and textual features in comparison with the other portuguese sources containing the Office of the Dead. These unique characteristics can be understood as a mark of individuality in a liturgical-musical domain where an apparent tendency of convergence prevails, constituting itself as an example of the importance of differentiation as an identity mark.
Period11 May 2019
Event title International Congress on Medieval Studies: null
Event typeConference
Conference number54th
LocationKalamazoo, United States, Michigan
Degree of RecognitionInternational