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Silent Music: Medieval Song and the Construction of History in Eighteenth-Century Spain

Susan Boynton


This book demonstrates the singular importance of medieval music in an eighteenth-century vision of Spanish culture and national identity. From 1750 to 1755, the Jesuit Andrés Marcos Burriel (1719–1762) and the calligrapher Francisco Xavier Santiago y Palomares (1728–1796) worked in Toledo Cathedral for the Royal Commission on the Archives, which was formed to obtain evidence for the royal patronage of church benefices in Spain. With Burriel as director, the Commission transcribed not only archival documents, but also manuscripts of canon law, history, literature, and liturgy, in order to writ ... More

Keywords: Burriel, Cantigas de Santa Maria, Ferdinand VI, liturgy, Mozarabs, Mozarabic rite, nationalism, notation, Old Hispanic rite, Palomares, Toledo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199754595
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754595.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Boynton, author
Columbia University