Medieval cantors and their craft: music, liturgy and the shaping of history, 800-1500

Cantors made unparalleled contributions to the way time was understood and history was remembered in the medieval Latin West. The men and women who held this office in cathedrals and monasteries were responsible for calculating the date of Easter and the feasts dependent on it, for formulating litur...

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Published in:Writing history in the Middle Ages
Authors: Bugyis, Katie Ann-Marie ca. 20./21. Jh.; Kraebel, A. B. 1983-; Fassler, Margot Elsbeth
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Rochester, NY Boydell & Brewer Inc. 2017
Woodbridge, Suffolk York Medieval Press 2017
In:Writing history in the Middle Ages
Edition:First published
Series/Journal:Writing history in the Middle Ages volume 3
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Church music / Church history studies 600-1500
B Cantor / History 600-1500
Further subjects:B Civilization, Medieval Congresses
B Middle Ages Congresses
B Church music 500-1400 Congresses
B Historiography (Europe) History To 1500 Congresses
B Cantors (Church music) Catholic Church History To 1500 Congresses
B Church History Middle Ages, 600-1500 Congresses
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Summary:Cantors made unparalleled contributions to the way time was understood and history was remembered in the medieval Latin West. The men and women who held this office in cathedrals and monasteries were responsible for calculating the date of Easter and the feasts dependent on it, for formulating liturgical celebrations season by season, managing the library and preparing manuscripts and other sources necessary to sustain the liturgical framework of time, and promoting the cults of saints. Crucially, their duties also often included committing the past to writing, from simple annals and chronicles to more fulsome histories, necrologies, and cartularies, thereby ensuring that towns, churches, families, and individuals could be commemorated for generations to come. The contributions here seek to address the fundamental question of how the range of cantors' activities can help us to understand the many different ways in which the past was written and, in the liturgy, celebrated across the middle ages. Cantors, as this volume makes clear, shaped the communal experience of the past in the Middle Ages; the essays are studies of constructions, both of the building blocks of time and of the people who made and performed them, in acts of ritual remembrance and in written records
Cantors made unparalleled contributions to the way time was understood and history was remembered in the medieval Latin West. The men and women who held this office in cathedrals and monasteries were responsible for calculating the date of Easter and the feasts dependent on it, for formulating liturgical celebrations season by season, managing the library and preparing manuscripts and other sources necessary to sustain the liturgical framework of time, and promoting the cults of saints. Crucially, their duties also often included committing the past to writing, from simple annals and chronicles to more fulsome histories, necrologies, and cartularies, thereby ensuring that towns, churches, families, and individuals could be commemorated for generations to come. The contributions here seek to address the fundamental question of how the range of cantors' activities can help us to understand the many different ways in which the past was written and, in the liturgy, celebrated across the middle ages. Cantors, as this volume makes clear, shaped the communal experience of the past in the Middle Ages; the essays are studies of constructions, both of the building blocks of time and of the people who made and performed them, in acts of ritual remembrance and in written records
ISBN:1903153670