By Barra Boydell
Christ Church has had a posh and sundry historical past because the cathedral church of Dublin, considered one of 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 heritage it used to be primarily 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 lifestyles, Christ Church has the longest documented tune background of any Irish establishment, delivering a distinct point of view at the historical past of tune in Ireland.Barra Boydell, a number one authority on Irish track historical past, has written an in depth examine drawing at the such a lot huge 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 because medieval instances. greater than only a background of track at one cathedral, this publication makes a big contribution to English cathedral track experiences in addition to to Irish musical and cultural history.BARRA BOYDELL is Senior Lecturer in song, nationwide college of eire, Maynooth.
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558. For summaries of liturgical music in the pre-Norman English church see Caldwell, English Music i, pp. 5–15 and Lefferts, ‘Medieval England’. GB-Ccc, MS 473. On the liturgy and its musical implications at Canterbury during the eleventh century see Bowers, ‘Canterbury’, pp. 408–13. 5 That this was indeed the case at Christ Church under the Augustinian canons of the Arrouasian order introduced by Lorcán Ua Tuathail in 1162 is confirmed by the late fourteenth-century Christ Church psalter discussed below.
22 A HISTORY OF MUSIC AT CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL tones [vocibus duplicatis] against the simplicity of the Order . . Anyone who transgresses this . . 47 If, as in England, at least some of the Cistercians in Ireland were singing polyphony, it is more than likely that the Augustinians at Christ Church, who were under no such restriction, would also have been singing polyphony. The close links between Christ Church and centres in England such as Winchester where polyphony was sung as early as the late tenth and early eleventh centuries have already been noted.
Pp. 182f. 29 What is certainly clear is that the involvement of the canons in drama suggested by the Visitatio Sepulcri was not exceptional. 32 The troper is however of the greatest interest in the context of both Dublin cathedrals during the later fourteenth century. The major part of this manuscript, the troper itself (fols 32r–131v), contains plainchant for the sung parts of the ordinary of the mass, the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei, frequently embellished with interpolated passages or ‘tropes’, along with sequences for various feasts including two in honour of St Patrick, and Marian sequences which are likely to have been sung at the votive mass of the Virgin.
A History of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin by Barra Boydell