IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1624: Cultural Implications of the Transmission and Transformation of Liturgical Music in the Later Middle Ages

Thursday 15 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Susan Boynton, Department of Music, Columbia University
Paper 1624-aChanges in the Mass for the 'New Feast of Corpus Christi'
(Language: English)
Vincent Corrigan, College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
Index terms: Liturgy, Music
Paper 1624-cMusical Aspects of the Council of Florence
(Language: English)
Frankie S. Nowicki, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Liturgy, Music

grouped by Susan Boynton (28/10/03):
Abstract paper a
The accepted chronology for the feast of Corpus Christi is that it was established in Liege in 1246, spread across the continent over the next seventy-five years, and achieved liturgical stability by 1323. However three manuscripts in the Vatican Library show that this generalization needs qualification. Vat. lat. 12911, Vat. lat. 9340, and Rossi 608 contain versions of the Corpus Christi Mass, each significantly different from the others and from modern liturgical books. This presentation will demonstrate that the service never became completely fixed during the period 1246-1323, but was altered to agree with local conditions and ideas.

Abstract paper b
The history of the 14th c. music is well-known for the ars nova polyphonies. However, simple polyphonic practices in use for ages are conserved at the same period in hundred of sources coming from all over Europe. Polyphonic practices described by 11th c. treatises or liturgical pieces dating from the 12th c. are still sung in European monasteries and churches in the 14th c. While some pieces remain the same over centuries, others are newly improvised, textually transformed or musically adapted. In this paper, I will present the different aspects of transmission of a few polyphonic pieces in order to emphasis the social and cultural implications in the musical changes of such a repertory.