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The music of the medieval church dramas / William L. Smoldon ; edited by Cynthia Bourgeault.

; Bourgeault, Cynthia
London ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1980.
ISBN 0193163217, 9780193163218

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Other Authors Bourgeault, Cynthia.
Subjects Drama, Medieval -- History and criticism.
Drama, Medieval.
Drame liturgique.
Geistliches Drama.
Liturgical drama -- History and criticism.
Liturgical drama.
Liturgische drama's.
Mysteries and miracle-plays -- History and criticism.
Mysteries and miracle-plays.
Mystères et miracles -- Histoire et critique.
Description xiv, 450 pages, [4] pages of plates ; 26 cm
Copyright Date 1980.
Notes Includes index.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 436-442) and index.
Contents Introduction -- The liturgical background of the drama -- The musical background of the drama (1). A brief history of the Gregorian chant ; The method of investigation in the book ; The "evolutionary hypothesis" -- The musical background of the drama (2). The Gregorian system of musical notation, ancient and modern -- Tropes and sequences -- The tenth century (1). The origin and funtion of the "Quem quaeritis" trope -- The tenth century (2). True drama ; The Marys at the sepulchre ; The first Christmas trope -- The eleventh century (1). Further development of the "Quem quaeritis" trope and the visitatio sepulchri -- The elventh century (2). Further music-dramas : magi plays ; (Officium stellae), Lamentatio Rachel, Sponsus, and Ordo prophetarum -- The twelfth century (1). The progress of the Vistatio sepulchri ; Peregrinus -- The twelfth century (2). Music-dramas of the Christmas season ; The earliest Old Testament plays -- The twelfth century (3). The Daniel music-drama ; The rhythmic modes ; The question of instrumental accompaniments -- The twelfth century (4). The "Fleury playbook" ; Drama of St. Nicholas ; The Conversio Pauli apostoli and Resuscitiatio Lazari -- The thirteenth century (1). The progress of the Visitatio sepulchri dramas ; The Zehnsilberspiel -- The thirteenth century (2). The Zehnsilberspiel Easter dramas ; The Benediktbeuern (passion) dramas ; Peregrinus dramas ; Dramas of the Christmas season -- The fourteenth century -- the fifteenth century -- The sixteenth century. The last of the church music-dramas -- Conclusion -- Appendix : surviving manuscripts.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Geographic Area England
Network Numbers (OCoLC)6331719
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Smoldon, William L.
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