A Chant Treatise in the Service of Two Monastic Traditions of the Modern Era

The Case of the Musices Choralis Medulla

  • Katarina Šter Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Musicology, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Keywords: Carthusians, Franciscans, plainchant, music theory, Hermann Mott

Abstract

The present study discusses a chant theory treatise preserved in the Carthusian compilation manuscript (CZ-Pu I F 17) and based on the Franciscan Hermann Mott’s Musices Choralis Medulla (1670). It sheds new light on the background of the Carthusian arrangement and its connection to the Franciscan original by comparing both versions and trying to discover why the Franciscan treatise was chosen as an exemplar, who the author of the Carthusian treatise was, when and where the Carthusian version was written and used, and finally, through a study of its context and the information given in its manuscript source, how it could be transmitted and what it meant for the Carthusian order.

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Graz, Universitätsbibliothek [University Library], Ms. 1351, Carthusian Statuta and related texts, 17th century.

Ljubljana, Narodna in univerzitetna knjižnica [National and University Library], Ms. 1, Carthusian antiphoner, 1715.

Méthode de plain-chant selon le rite et les usages Cartusiens. Avignon: Aubanel Frères, 1868.

Mott, Hermann. Musices Choralis Medulla; sive Totius Cantus Gregoriani succinta ac fundamentalis Traditio; una cum Tonis Communibus, Hymnis, Antiphonis lectione mensali &c. ad usum FF. Minorum Recollectorum Ordinis Seraphici Patris S. Francisci. Colonia Agrippinae [Köln/Cologne]: Typis & sumptibus Wilhelmi Friessem, 1670.

Musica Choralis Francisana tripliciter divisa in Medullam Cantus Gregoriani, sive ejusdem Principia Generalia; in Cantorale Tonorum Communium, in provincia Ff. Min. Recoll. Coloniensi Usitatorum; et in Processionale Romanum et Ordinis. Colonia Agrippinae [Köln/Cologne]: Typis Caspari Drimborn, 1726.

Praha [Prague], Národní knihovna České republiky [National and University Library of the Czech Republic], Ms. I F 17, Carthusian collective manuscript, early 18th century.

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Published
2020-12-30
How to Cite
ŠterK. (2020). A Chant Treatise in the Service of Two Monastic Traditions of the Modern Era. Musicological Annual, 56(2), 153-181. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.56.2.153-181