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By Barra Boydell

Christ Church has had a posh and sundry background because the cathedral church of Dublin, one in all Anglican cathedrals within the capital of a predominantly Catholic nation and the church of the British management in eire sooner than 1922. An Irish cathedral in the English culture, but via a lot of its background it used to be basically an English cathedral in a international land. With shut musical hyperlinks to cathedrals in England, to St Patrick's cathedral in Dublin, and to the city's wider political and cultural existence, Christ Church has the longest documented song historical past of any Irish establishment, offering a special viewpoint at the heritage of track in Ireland.Barra Boydell, a number one authority on Irish tune historical past, has written a close learn drawing at the such a lot large musical and archival assets current for any Irish cathedral. The choir, its composers and musicians, repertoire and organs are mentioned in the wider context of urban and country, and of the spiritual and political dynamics that have formed Anglo-Irish relationships considering medieval instances. greater than only a heritage of tune at one cathedral, this booklet makes a massive contribution to English cathedral song reviews in addition to to Irish musical and cultural history.BARRA BOYDELL is Senior Lecturer in song, nationwide collage of eire, Maynooth.

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Hawkes, ‘Liturgy’, esp. p. 34. For a detailed outline of the divine office, see Harper, Forms of Western Liturgy, ch. 6. See pp. 20–1 below. The relics included the miraculous speaking cross (supposed to be a fragment of the True Cross), the baculus Ihesu (‘the staff of Jesus which an angel had conferred on blessed Patrick’), a thorn from the crown of thorns, a piece of the cloth in which Jesus was wrapped as a baby, some of the milk of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and many relics of Irish saints including bones of St Patrick, St THE MEDIEVAL CATHEDRAL-PRIORY 13 priests and members of monastic communities prayed and celebrated mass on behalf of the people or, in the case of individually endowed masses which became increasingly common in the later Middle Ages, on behalf of specific benefactors whose presence at the mass was not essential.

No one shall attempt to sing with duplicated 42 43 44 45 46 Bowers, ‘Performing Ensemble’, p. 185. ) original cited after Plummer, ‘Vie et Miracles’, pp. 137–8. Berry, ‘Augustinian Canons’. Adam of St Victor, the most influential writer of sequences during the twelfth-century expansion of the form, was an Augustinian canon. , ‘Sequence’, pp. 101–2. Most notable due to its parallels with Christ Church as an Augustinian cathedral-priory is St Andrews in Scotland from which there survives an extensive thirteenth-century collection of liturgical polyphony of the type associated with Notre Dame in Paris (D-W, MS Guelf Helmstadensis 628), see NG2 xxiii, p.

Music: Documents, pp. 32–3. 73 This move put on a firmer footing whatever informal arrangement must already have been in existence since 1480 for the master of the boys. It was to be financed from the offerings made to the baculus Ihesu or staff of Jesus, the most important of the relics which made Christ Church such an important pilgrimage centre, as well as by rents from certain specified church properties and other donations. 76 This deed of 1493 can therefore be regarded as marking the formal establishment of the cathedral choir school which had effectively existed since 1480 and would continue until 1972.

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