The fifteen studies assembled here grew out of research on south-Italian ordinary chants and tropes for the multi-volume series Beneventanum Troporum Corpus II, edited by John Boe in collaboration with Alejandro Planchart. In the present essays, clerical and ordinary chants and tropes of the Mass (especially when derived from paraliturgical hymns and poems), certain aspects of chant notation and particular facets of the old Beneventan and the old Roman chant repertories are examined in relation to the three main cultic centres of the Italian south - Benevento, Montecassino and Rome - and as they relate to their European context, namely Frankish and Norman chant and the varieties of chant sung in Italy north of Rome. The volume includes one previously unpublished study, on the Roman introit Salus Populi.
Contents: Introduction; A new source for Old Beneventan chant: the Santa Sophia Maundy in MS Ottoboni lat 145; Old Beneventan chant at Montecassino: Gloriosus confessor Domini Benedictus; The neumes and Pater Noster chant of Montecassino codex 426; The Frankish Pater Noster chant: tradition and anaphoral context; Gloria A and the Roman Easter vigil ordinary; The Beneventan apostrophus in South Italian notation, A.D. 1000-1100; The 'lost' palimpsest kyries in the Vatican Manuscript Urbinus latinus 602; Hymns and poems at mass in 11th-century Southern Italy (other than sequences); Italian and Roman verses for kyrie leyson in the MSS Cologny-Genève, Bibliotheca Bodmeriana 74 and Vaticanus latinus 5319; Review of Thomas Forrest Kelly, The Beneventan Chant; Chant notation in 11th-century Roman manuscripts; Music notation in Archivo San Pietro C105 and in the Farfa breviary, Chigi C.VI.177; The Roman introit Salus populi; The Roman Missa sponsalicia; Deus Israel and Roman introits; Addenda and corrigenda; Indexes.
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