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Inside the OffertoryAspects of Chronology and Transmission$
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Rebecca Maloy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195315172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315172.001.0001

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The Texts of the Offertories

The Texts of the Offertories

(p.30) 2 The Texts of the Offertories
Inside the Offertory

Rebecca Maloy

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the origin and chronology of the offertories through examination of their lyrics. Many offertory lyrics depart from the Roman psalter, perhaps suggesting an origin outside Rome. An examination the psalmic lyrics indicates that they are extensively modified from the biblical sources. The centonization suggests that the respond lyrics were created to be sung with verses and that verses were, in many cases, part of their original conception. An examination of certain nonpsalmic offertories in the context of the Old Hispanic and Milanese repertories yields new evidence of non‐Roman origin. Most nonpsalmic lyrics are based on Old Latin sources rather than the Vulgate, suggesting a pre‐seventh‐century origin. Finally, the chapter considers the nonpsalmic offertories outside of the core Romano‐Frankish repertory. Most are based on Old Latin sources, suggesting a pre‐Carolingian origin.

Keywords:   psalter, centonization, Old Latin, Vulgate, chronology, Old Hispanic chant, Milanese chant

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