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Liturgical Books and Music Manuscripts with Polyphonic Settings of the Mass in Medieval Europe

Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg
3 - 4 November 2017


In the Middle Ages, polyphonic settings for the Mass were often included in liturgical manuscripts as additions or in a separate appendix; they were also added to music manuscripts.

The workshop will aim to discuss such different types of transmission from different point of views e.g. by comparing exem­plary settings in a broad chronological and geographical range. It will also hope to focus on the relationship between notated music and ritual use.

Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to):

  • The use and function of polyphony in the Mass
  • The use and function of manuscripts with polyphony in the Mass
  • The layout of polyphonic settings
  • The sharing of knowledge between different musical communities
  • Different approaches to singing polyphony (cantare supra librum, cantus frac­tus, etc.)


Download the programme as pdf file


The workshop will be held at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Warburgstraße 26, Hamburg, Germany. How to find us


Participation is free of charge and vistors are welcome.

You may find the Hamburg Tourismus site useful for finding a suitable accommodation.
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Friday, 3 November
Saturday, 4 November

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