Winchester Troper. Facsimile Edition
and Introduction by Susan Rankin.
[Cambridge, Corpus Christi College,
compiled in the early 11th century and added to until the early 12th,
was originally copied out and used at Winchester
Cathedral. The settings include Kyries, Glorias, Introits, Alleluias,
Tracts and Sequences. It is regarded a seminal text for the study of
musical and liturgical practice. The introduction explains how and why
the book was made, and how its liturgical contents were designed.
Studies of the hands of over 50 text scribes are accompanied by the
first full account of Anglo-Saxon neume notation, and a study of the
most innovative element of the collection, a series of 174 organa for
representing a musical practice not recorded elsewhere in Europe before
the 13th century.
London: Stainer & Bell, 2007
of Early English Church Music
30 x 43 cm, 206 pages, buckram. $219