1st Edition

Embellishing the Liturgy Tropes and Polyphony

Edited By Alejandro Enrique Planchart Copyright 2009

    After the imposition of Gregorian chant upon most of Europe by the authority of the Carolingian kings and emperors in the eighth and ninth centuries, a large number of repertories arose in connection with the new chant and its liturgy. Of these repertories, the tropes, together with the sequences, represent the main creative activity of European musicians in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh centuries. Because they were not an absolutely official part of the liturgy, as was Gregorian chant, they reflect local traditions, particularly in terms of melody, and more so than the new pieces that were composed at the time. In addition, the earlier layers of tropes represent, in many cases, a survival of the pre local pre Gregorian melodic traditions. This volume provides an introduction to the study of tropes in the form of an extensive anthology of major studies and a comprehensive bibliography and constitutes a classic reference resource for the study of one of the most important musico-liturgical genres of the central middle ages.

    Contents: Introduction; Part I Tropes in General: The troping hypothesis, Richard L. Crocker; Some observations on the interrelationships between trop repertories, David Hiley; Aux origines des tropes d'interpolation: le trope méloforme d'introït, Michel Huglo; Les 'libelli' de tropes et les premiers tropaires-prosaires, Michel Huglo; Tropes and the concept of genre, Ritva Jacobsson and Leo Treitler; Beyond a chant, 'Tui Sunt Caeli' and its tropes, John G. Johnstone; The liturgical function of the tropes, Ritva Jonsson; On the nature of transmission and change in trope repertories, Alejandro Enrique Planchart; Zum Verständnis des 'klassischen' Tropus, Bruno Stäblein. Part II Aquitaine and the West: Northern French elements in an early Aquitainian troper, Paul Evans; A new voice in the monastery: tropes and versus from 11th- and 12th-century Aquitaine, James Grier; Further notes on the grouping of the Aquitanian tropers, David G. Hughes. Part III St Gall and the East: Tropentypen in Sankt Gallen, Gunilla Björkvall and Andreas Haug; Some observations on the repertory of tropes at St Emmeram, Regensberg, David Hiley; From tuotilo to the 1st manuscripts: the shaping of a trope repertory at Saint Gall, Susan Rankin. Part IV The Ordinary: The earliest Agnus Dei melody and its tropes, Charles M. Atkinson; The Kyrie trope, David A. Bjork; Pax et sapienta: a thematic study on tropes from different traditions, Gunilla Iverson; Introducing the Gloria In Excelsis, Thomas Forrest Kelly. Part V Tropes in the Office: Melismatic tropes in the responsories for Matins, Hans-Jörgen Holman; New music from old: the structuring of responsory prosas, Thomas Forrest Kelly; Index.


    Alejandro Enrique Planchart is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA.

    'Each of the individual articles of this book has appeared in a different time and context, but they somehow reach a new dimension and perspective in this volume, casting a new light on each other, and thus contributing to a broader, more complete view of the rich heritage of medieval tropes...' Ars Lyrica Celtica '...the introductions to each volume are excellent...' Early Music Review '...this impressive collection' Medieval Review '...the scope of the collection, the quality of the scholarship and the broad view of the field it provides make this book a significant contribution to Ashgate's and Kelly's admirable project.' Medieval Review