Musical World of a Medieval Monk Ebook

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Language: English
Publication Date: December 2006
Pages: 384
File Size: 5128 Kbytes

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James Grier documents the musical activities of Adv©mar de Chabannes, eleventh-century monk, historian, homilist and tireless polemicist for the apostolic status of Saint Martial, patron saint of the abbey that bore his name in Limoges. Adv©mar left behind some 451 folios of music with notation in his autograph hand, a musical resource without equal before the seventeenth century. He introduced, at strategic moments, pieces familiar from the standard liturgy for an apostle and items of his own composition. These reveal Adv©mar to be a supremely able designer of liturgies and a highly original composer. This study analyzes his accomplishments as a musical scribe, compiler of liturgies, editor of existing musical works and composer; it also offers a speculative consideration of his abilities as a singer; and finally, it places Adv©mar’s musical activities in the context of liturgical, musical and political developments at the abbey of Saint Martial in Limoges.


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