New book on plainchant in medieval books of hours
  • andrsnm
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    I wanted to announce the publication of my book Music and Performance in the Book of Hours, being released tomorrow by Routledge Press. This study uncovers the musical foundations and performance suggestions of books of hours, guides to Catholic prayer that were the most popular and widespread books of the late Middle Ages. Exploring a variety of musical genres and sections of books of hours with musical implications, this book presents a richly textured sound world gleaned from dozens of extant manuscript sources from fifteenth-century France. It offers the first overview of the musical content of these handbooks to liturgy and devotional prayer, together with cues that show scribal awareness for the articulation of sacred plainchants. The book’s takes an interdisciplinary approach within a musical context and comes with beautiful full-color illustrations. Select chapters will be made free to the public.