Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts at the University of Sydney: A Preliminary Report

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Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts at the University of Sydney: A Preliminary Report


Hardie, Jane Morlet, Fontes Artis Musicae


English Abstract

Between 2002 and 2006, the University of Sydney Library acquired a number of liturgical music manuscripts of probable Spanish origin and use. This collection includes ten manuscripts with musical notation. The books are of various kinds, and both the manuscripts and their contents span a period from the twelfth through the mid eighteenth century, with a concentration in the sixteenth century. They are as follows: one book of fragments (probably 15thc); six books of sixteenth-century material for the Mass and Office, one containing a thirteenth-century bifolium as part of its binding; and three eighteenth-century monastic antiphonals. This report introduces the manuscripts, and explores the hypothesis that five of them may belong to the complex of sources at Salamanca Cathedral recently discovered and studied by James Boyce, thus contributing to an important part of the liturgical and intellectual heritage of the Spanish Golden Age that until now, has been missing from the record. This survey alerts the scholarly world to the existence of the Sydney collection and indicates the current and projected state of research on its contents.

French Abstract

Entre 2002 et 2006, l'Universite de Sydney a fait l'acquisition d'un certain nombre de manuscrits de musique liturgique dont l'origine est vraisemblablement espagnole. Cette collection comprend dix manuscrits comportant des notations musicales. Les livres, de genres divers, ainsi que les manuscrits s'etendent sur une periode allant du XIIe siecle au milieu du XVIIIe siecle, avec une concentration notable au XVIe s. Ils consistent en un livre de fragments (probablement du XVe s.), six livres du XVIe s. comportant des pieces destinees a la Messe et l'Office, la reliure de l'un d'eux conte nant egalement un bifolium du XIIIe s., enfin, trois antiphonaires monastiques. Ce rapport presente les manuscrits et explore l'hypothese selon laquelle cinq d'entre eux appartiendraient aux sources de la Cathedrale de Salamanque. Celles-ci ont ete decouvertes recemment et ont ete etudiees par James Boyce, contribuant ainsi a une partie importante de l'heritage liturgique et intellectuel de l'Age d'or espagnol, jusqu'ici manquant. Cette etude informe le monde savant de l'existence de la collection de Sydney, de sa situation actuelle en termes de recherche et des projets qui y sont lies.

German Abstract

Zwischen 2002 und 2006 hat die Bibliothek der Universitat Sydney zehn Handschriften liturgischer Musik erworben, die aus Spanien stammen und dort benutzt wurden. Die Bande und ihr Inhalt datieren aus der Zeit des 12. bis zur Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts, wobei der Schwerpunkt auf dem 16. Jahrhundert liegt. Folgende Bande sind enthalten: ein Band mit Fragmenten (wahrscheinlich 15. Jahrhundert); sechs Bande mit Werken des 16. Jahrhundert fur Messe und Offizium; ein Band, der als Teil seines Einbands ein "Bifolium" aus dem 13. Jahrhundert enthalt und drei klosterliche Antiphonale aus dem 18. Jahrhundert. Dieser Bericht gibt einfuhrende Erlauterungen zu den Handschriften und untersucht die These, dass funf davon aus dem Quellenkomplex der Kathedrale von Salamanca stammen. Dieser wurde erst kurzlich von James Boyce entdeckt und erforscht. Er lieferte damit einen grossen Beitrag zum religiosen und intellektuellen Erbe des "Goldenen Zeitalters" in Spanien. Dieser Uberblick lenkt die Aufmerksamkeit der Wissenschaft auf die Sammlung in Sydney und markiert den momentanen Stand der Forschung sowie Planungen fur die Zukunft.

Since mid 2002, the University of Sydney has acquired a number of liturgical music manuscripts of probable Spanish origin (2). This collection includes ten manuscripts with musical notation (3). These books are of various kinds, and both the manuscripts and their contents span a period from the twelfth through the mid eighteenth century, with a concentration in the sixteenth century. (4)

One manuscript, a kyriale/antiphoner (Fisher RB Add. …

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