By Peter Macardle
The early-fourteenth-century St Gall ardour Play comes from the important Rhineland. regrettably its tune (over 100 Latin and German chants) is given within the manuscript basically as short incipits, with none musical notation. This interdisciplinary research reconstructs the musical stratum of the play. it's the first full-scale musical reconstruction of a big German ardour play lately, utilizing the most recent to be had scholarly information in drama, liturgy and song. It attracts conclusions approximately functionality perform and forces, and provides a legitimate foundation for an real functionality of the play. The examine applies musical and liturgical facts to the matter of localizing the play (the first time this has been systematically attempted), and assesses how acceptable this would be to different performs. It offers a close examine of the special medieval liturgical makes use of of 3 German dioceses, Mainz, Speyer and Worms. The comparative procedure indicates how the tune of different performs should be reconstructed and understood, and indicates greater figuring out of the track of medieval drama has a lot to coach us approximately different features of the style. The publication will be of curiosity to literary students, theatre historians, musicologists, liturgical students, and people desirous about the functionality of early drama.
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