The Liturgical Use and Chant Tradition of Évora Cathedral from a Fragment of a Thirteenth-Century Antiphoner

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Abstract

This article consists of a case study on a fragment of an antiphoner. In order to determine the fragment’s hypothetical dating, origin, and liturgical affiliation, its contents—including the type of notation, script and decoration, and choice of texts—are described and analysed. Furthermore, a brief summary of the current knowledge on the liturgical use of Évora Cathedral is provided as to clarify the context which emerges from the proposed analysis. Lastly, a first approach to the used melodic idiom and its possible origin is provided by means of a comparative transcription and study of a number of pieces in this fragment, as well as selected sources representing Aquitanian, Aquitanian-Iberian, and Central- and North-Eastern French chant traditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-314
Number of pages16
JournalRevista Portuguesa de Musicologia / Portuguese Journal of Musicology
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Fragment
  • Antiphoner
  • Portuguese medieval liturgical uses
  • Évora Cathedral
  • Franco-Roman chant traditions and idioms

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