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By Peter Macardle

The early-fourteenth-century St Gall ardour Play comes from the imperative Rhineland. regrettably its tune (over 100 Latin and German chants) is given within the manuscript in simple terms as short incipits, with none musical notation. This interdisciplinary learn reconstructs the musical stratum of the play. it's the first full-scale musical reconstruction of a giant German ardour play lately, utilizing the most recent to be had scholarly facts in drama, liturgy and song. It attracts conclusions approximately functionality perform and forces, and gives a valid foundation for an real functionality of the play. The learn applies musical and liturgical information to the matter of localizing the play (the first time this has been systematically attempted), and assesses how acceptable this may be to different performs. It provides a close learn of the designated medieval liturgical makes use of of 3 German dioceses, Mainz, Speyer and Worms. The comparative technique indicates how the tune of different performs should be reconstructed and understood, and exhibits larger figuring out of the track of medieval drama has a lot to educate us approximately different points of the style. The booklet will be of curiosity to literary students, theatre historians, musicologists, liturgical students, and people all for the functionality of early drama.

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