Two of the Oldest Collections of Tropes (10th c.)

Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen Codices 484 & 381, kommentiert und in Faksimile herausgegeben von Wulf Arlt & Susan Rankin.

[Saint Gall, Stiftsbibl., 484 & 381]

Cod.484, p.78, "Gauden dum ist nobis" (Offertory)                 Cod. 383, p.371, "Iste dies celebris" (Sequence)

Winterthur, 1996. 23 x 30 cm, 3 vols, 329, 320 (facs), 498 pp. Full-color facsimile of two of the oldest collections of tropes and sequences dating from the 10th century. Codex 484 transmits a repertoire of tropes for the Proper and the Ordinary of the Mass, as well as sequences and other chants. Codex 381—written after Codex 484 and by the same scribe—provides a gold mine of information on the range of music composed and performed at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gall at the beginning of the 10th c. Apart from 72 sequences (this time with texts, and including the whole of Notker’s "Liber Ymnorum"), it contains an even greater selection of tropes than Codex 484, as well as notated versions of the psalmodic verses for Introit and Commmion chants for the whole liturgical year. Commentary in Ger-Eng. Inventory. Hardbound, with slipcase. $828

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