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The Divine Office in the Latin Middle AgesMethodology and Source Studies, Regional Developments, Hagiography$
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Rebecca A. Baltzer and Margot E. Fassler

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195124538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124538.001.0001

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Taking the Rough with the Smooth

Taking the Rough with the Smooth

Melodic Versions and Manuscript Status

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(p.213) 9 Taking the Rough with the Smooth
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The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages
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Susan Rankin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124538.003.0010

The song Diastematica vocis armonia belongs to an extensive repertoire of songs with which, from the late 11th century on, clerics in France and related areas were accustomed to celebrate the highest feasts of the church year. Comparison of this song and its source, GB-Cu MS Ff.1.17 (the so called Younger Cambridge Songbook), with similar songs, as copied in the later MS I-Fl MS Plut. 29.1 (F), shows that conductus songs of this sort were evidently on the margins of the liturgy in the 11th and 12th centuries, but by the mid-13th century had become an officially supported part of the performance of the Divine Office in many parts of France. The nature of the manuscripts that survive containing the repertory reflects its change in stature.

Keywords:   conductus, Office, manuscripts and prints, Diastematica vocis armonia, Pluteus 29.1, monophonic Latin songs, musical notation, Middle Ages, performance practice, scribal techniques

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