Melodic responses to textual variants introduced by the Roman Missal of 1570: a case-study based on the Post-Tridentine plainchant choir books of Coimbra's cathedral (1603-1609).

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The Post-Tridentine Missale Romanum, approved by Pius V in 1570, introduced a binding textual version of the proper Mass chants. In several respects this new official wording differs from that of the inherited medieval tradition, mainly through suppression and addition of words, modification of Latin declensions, etc. The imposed text inevitably made demands on the editors of plainchant because they had to provide musical solutions and to adjust the melodic fabric to the official variants, some of them subtle, others more substantial. In my presentation, I will focus on some of the melodic responses to those problems of adaptation found in a large set of manuscripts written between 1603-1609 for Coimbra's cathedral (Portugal). The comparative analysis with other contemporary sources shows, on the one hand, dialogues and influences, but also, on the other hand, ad hoc solutions, which reinforce the relative (but progressive) individualization of chants in this period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages15
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event50th Medieval and Renaissance International Music Conference, Uppsala, 2022. - Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: 4 Jul 20227 Jul 2022
Conference number: 50

Conference

Conference50th Medieval and Renaissance International Music Conference, Uppsala, 2022.
Country/TerritorySweden
CityUppsala
Period4/07/227/07/22

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