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The Lady of St Andrews: Singing Roses in the Mass

The Lady of St Andrews: Singing Roses in the Mass
59 Queen's Park Crescent East, Seminar Room A
Time: Mar 9th, 3:10 pm End: Mar 9th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Music, Faculty of , Medieval Studies (FAS), 400-1200, 1200-1500
Seminar by Kate Steiner, Mellon Fellow, PIMS

Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, is pleased to present:

The Lady of St Andrews: Singing Roses in the Mass

The eleventh fascicle of W1 (Herzog August Bibliothek, 628 Helmst.) has been recognized as a "monument" of polyphony in the British Isles, and the only complete collection of polyphony from the British Isles between the Winchester Troper and the Old Hall Manuscript. Despite these assertions, the eleventh fascicle has not been considered for what is it - a collection of two-part pieces for the daily Lady mass. This seminar addresses the context of W1 in developing tradition of the daily Lady mass in the British Isles, one of the most important occassions for liturgical polyphony in the thiteenth and fourteenth centuries. W1, along with a handful of other sources, indicate that by the mid-thirteenth century, the Lady mass celebrated the Lady of Heaven with music that made every day a feast in the Lady chapel. The compiler and editor of eleventh fascicle of W1, who was also responsible for copying the fascicles of W1 that contain the famous Notre Dame polyphony, drew from Notre Dame polyphony and English devotions that viewed the Life of Christ through a Marian lens to provide daily rotation of polyphony for the Lady mass at St Andrews Cathedral.

Katherine Steiner earned her PhD in Musicology at Princeton University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled "Notre Dame in Scotland: W1 and Liturgical Reform in Medieval St. Andrews." She holds a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship until June 2015 at Valparaiso University. Her entry in the volume Music and Culture in the Age of the Late Capetians, (Cambridge University Press), "The Scribe of W1" is forthcoming. As a Mellon Research Fellow Dr. Steiner proposes to examine "a French outpost in medieval Scotland: the politics of cross-cultural liturgical music."

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies at 416 926-7142.

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