Corpus Troporum XII

Gunilla Iversen’s two volumes of Corpus Troporum XII were published in December 2014 in the series Studia Latina Stockholmiensia.

Corpus Troporum XII: Tropes du Gloria

Volume 1: Introduction et édition des textes   READ HERE      BUY (PRINT-ON-DEMAND)

Volume 2: Aperçu des manuscrits   READ HERE      BUY (PRINT-ON-DEMAND)

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IVERSEN, Gunilla, Corpus Troporum XII, Tropes du Gloria, 2 vols, Studia Latina Stockholmiensia 61, Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Stockholm University, Stockholm 2014.

Volume 1 : Introduction et édition des textes, 428 pp.

Volume 2 : Aperçu des manuscrits, + Transcriptions musicales et 32 planches, 438 pp.

The present volume is an edition of medieval liturgical tropes to the most extensive chants of the Roman Mass, Gloria in excelsis Deo. Following the editions of tropes to the Agnus Dei and Sanctus by the same editor in the series Corpus Troporum, this is the third part dedicated to Ordinary tropes. It is based on 137 manuscripts dating from the ninth through the thirteenth centuries.

Volume 1 contains an introduction presenting the Gloria chant, its history and its interpretation by medieval commentators. Iversen presents the various compositional methods used by medieval compilers, who, combining ‘wandering’ verses, could vary the form of the troped chant in almost unlimited ways. The innovative aspect of this edition is to present for the reader as much material from this extensive poetic tradition while keeping faithful to the manuscript witnesses.

Thus the main part of the first volume contains the critical edition of 152 tropes and prosulas amounting to thousands of verses, in various ways and at various points inserted into the Gloria chanted in the medieval Mass.

Volume 2 publishes 32 plates from the manuscripts used in the edition. It then provides an overview of the entire Gloria repertory, listing all the manuscripts by place of provenance (coinciding with the order of collation) and detailing information on the place of insertion of each verse in the tropes and prosulas, including liturgical rubrics and melodies. French musicologist Marie Noël Colette contributes to this volume with musical transcriptions and annotations of a selection of troped Gloria chants. Indices and bibliography conclude the volume.