I-MC 542

Montecassino, Monumento Nazionale di Montecassino - Biblioteca, 542
Number of chants: 1829

Provenance: MonteCassino
Date: 1100s
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Montecassino, Monumento Nazionale di Montecassino - Biblioteca, 542

Siglum: 
I-MC 542
Date: 
1100s
Provenance: 
MonteCassino

Antiphoner from Monte Cassino. 12th century. Beneventan notation on a dry-point staff. Incomplete, containing only the pars hiemalis, with lacunae at the beginning and between the Advent Ember Days and Christmas. 194 pages.

Liturgical Occasions "at a glance" (refer to the index for complete contents):

Pp. 1-194: Winter Temporale and Sanctorale. 1, Advent Ember Days (incomplete, lacuna); 3, Christmas (beginning lost); 9, Stephen; 30, Silvester; 34, Epiphany; 44, Ferial Office; 69, Sundays after Epiphany; 70, Maurus; 87, Vincent; 89, Purification; 100, Scholastica; 105, Benedict; 113, Annunciation; 115, Septuagesima; 130, Ash Wednesday; 169, Palm Sunday; 186, Holy Thursday; 192, Mandatum.

The manuscript is devoted almost exclusively to chants of the Gregorian tradition, but there are a few links to the Beneventan musical tradition: the antiphons for the feasts of Benedict, Scholastica, Vincent, and Silvester show some influence of the Beneventan musical style.

The ferial Office is organized according to the secular cursus except that extra antiphons are provided for the canticles of the third nocturn of Matins. Chants not found in CAO are assigned numbers beginning with an "mca".

Selected Bibliography

Livljanic, Katarina. "L'antiphonaire note cassinien (Monte Cassino, Archivio della Badia, ms. 542)." Ph.D. diss., École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris), 1998.

The computer file was prepared by Katarina Livljanic (École Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris) with the editorial assistance of Keith Glaeske at The Catholic University of America.