Session 318: New Discoveries in Medieval Manuscripts of Music and Liturgy
Monday 11 July 2005, 16.30-18.00
|Organiser:||Susan Boynton, Department of Music, Columbia University|
|Moderator/Chair:||Susan Boynton, Department of Music, Columbia University|
|Paper 318-a||Women Worshipping in Brussels: A 14th-Century Processional at Columbia University|
Index terms: Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Music
|Paper 318-c||A New Source for the Parisian Conductus Sursum corda elevate|
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Music
Abstract Paper -a: Housed in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Columbia University, Plimpton MS 034 is a modestly-illuminated fourteenth-century processional containing processions for six feasts. The centrepiece of the small book is a double hymn with an apparently unique melody. Here, O decus virgineum, a hymn to St Clare, is underlaid beneath a hymn to St Francis, O stupor et guadium, and the emphasis on these two saints provides one of the few clues to the manuscript’s provenance. The colphon was signed by a scribe named Johannes de Havere, who dated his signature ‘1351’ but left no record of his location. Until now, curators at Columbia have assumed that Havere was working somewhere in the Low Countries at a convent of St Clare, based on the double hymn and the frequent references to ‘sisters’ in the manuscript’s rubrics. A comparison to the colophon of Bruxelles, B.N. 1870, a collectarium-capitularium copied in 1348 at the Convent of Saint-Clarisses in Brussels, reveals the signature of the same scribe, and suggests that the processional and the collectarium were copied and used in the same Brussels community of ‘Rich’ or Urbanist Clares founded in 1343.
Abstract Paper -b: The paper will present unique chants in the Conception office in the fifteenth-century manuscript from Perugia, now kept in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.
Abstract Paper -c: A thirteenth-century fragment partially disengaged from the binding of a printed book in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University contains part of the first strophe of the two-voice conductus Sursum corda elevate. The fragment is related in style and decoration to the central sources of Notre-Dame polyphony.