Performing Latin Verse
Text and Music in Early Medieval Versified Offices
Versified Offices contain antiphons and responsories written in verse form. This subgenre appeared during the 10th century. Does the distinctive textual form of versified Offices have a bearing on the melodies composed for their performance? Using an interdisciplinary approach, this chapter analyzes the intricate relationship between the different verse forms appearing in selected early medieval Office texts and the melodies to which they were sung. Emphasis is on three early versified Offices: the Office of the Trinity, the Office of St. Lambert, and the Office of St. Fuscian.
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