Paléographie musicale german slovak

Posted in Manuscripts, Musicology May 20, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Paleographie musicaleOn the website of the Abbey of Solesmes (which is celebrating its 1000th year since its foundation in 1010) we can read:

In 1833, a young priest of the diocese of Le Mans, Dom Prosper Guéranger, undertook the restoration of benedictine monastic life on the site of an old priory at Solesmes, after forty years of silence due to the French Revolution. He seized upon the restoration of Gregorian chant with enthusiasm and began by working on its execution, asking his monks to respect the primacy of the text in their singing: pronunciation, accentuation and phrasing, with an eye to guaranteeing its intelligibility, in the service of prayer. Dom Guéranger also placed the task of restoring the authentic melodies into the hands of one of his monks.

The handwriting, in “thin flyspecks”, of the original manuscripts was indecipherable at the time. But the invention of photography soon brought unforeseen benefits with it. Little by little, an incomparable collection grew at Solesmes, facsimiles of the principal manuscripts of the chant contained in the libraries of all Europe. This was the genesis of the Paleography of Solesmes.

In 1889 the first volume of Paléographie musicale was released. The goal of this edition is the publication of the extant manuscripts of latin liturgical chant. Now, twelve volumes of  the Paléographie musicale are available online thanks to Internet Archive.

These are the available volumes:

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Musicologie médiévale german slovak

Posted in Musicology May 20, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Musicologie médiévale:

Hoc rete factum est ut musicologae mediaevisti, gregorianistae et aliae personae quae gregorianum vel mediaevalem cantum amant inter se facile communicare possint.

Hoc rete poterit sic unusquisque non tantum optime dare operam, ut cognoscatur opus suum sed etiam cum hominibus novissime cognitis convenire.

Nolite haesitare ut aliis membris vocetis…

This network was created to help musicologists specialized in medieval music or Gregorian Chant to keep in touch with each other, or with others interested in Chant and medieval vocal music.

This network is naturally open to liturgists.

With this network, members will be able to make their work known to others, and to establish new contacts.

Please do not hesitate to invite other people to become member…

Andrea Meščanová: Renaissance historical sacred music works in Slovak territory slovak

Posted in Musicology, Tempus Adventus April 21, 2010 at 6:03 AM

In the territory of Slovakia the works of distinguished vocal polyphony authors had been spread in the 16th century period in the cultural environment of modern towns carrying signs of music centres. Church musical production was closely connected with the performing of town schools pupils, who under cantor’s supervision sang regularly choral and polyphonic chants at the church services. Because the printed music were quite expensive then, they were often gained by borrowing and further rewriting into a form of great collection in the manner of a score, which could be read by the whole choir. Rarely were bought suitable music prints, issued in editions of Italian or German printers. The musical prints occurrence is despite the expansion of this convenience in our circumstances rather rare also at the end of the 16th century.

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Eva Veselovská: Medieval Church Music Sources from the Territory of Slovakia slovak

Posted in Musicology, Tempus Adventus April 21, 2010 at 6:01 AM

Historical works of monodic liturgical music from the territory of Slovakia represent valuable source material, thanks to which we can reconstruct medieval music culture of our area. There have been preserved only a little number of the complete manuscripts in Slovakia. The majority of the codices originate in the 14th–15th centuries.

Manuscripts of the Former Chapter Library in Bratislava.

The Bratislava Missal I from the former Bratislava´s Chapter library (before 1341, today Bratislava Town Archive EC Lad. 3, EL 18, EC Lad. 1/21, Bratislava City Museum A/9, Spolok sv. Vojtecha (St. Vojtech’s Association) in Trnava; Bratislava Notated Missal, in the central-European area known as Missale Notatum Strigoniense) is one of the most important medieval musical works from the territory of Slovakia. The place of the manuscript’s origin was presumably Esztergom – the main church centre of the medieval Hungary. From the second third of the 14th century was the missal used in Bratislava. The mass chants repertory presents the Esztergom musical and also liturgical tradition. It holds exceptional position in the mass liturgy history, because it is the oldest, nearly completely preserved item of the mass monodic chants in the medieval Hungary.

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