Cambrai, Bibliothèque municipale, 38 (olim 40) | Cantus Manuscript Database

Cambrai, Bibliothèque municipale, 38 (olim 40)

F-CA 38
Antiphoner from Cambrai Cathedral (Cambrai, France). Ca. 1230- 1250 (with later additions). 342 x 230 mm. Square Roman chant notation on four-line staves, with F and C clefs. Cathedral cursus. 433 folios. Two lacunae.
Liturgical Occasions

Ff. 1r-9r: Invitatory Tones. Ff. 10r-191r: Temporale. 10r, First Sunday of Advent; 31v, Christmas; 53r, Antiphons "ad Completorium;" 53v, Invitatory Antiphons; 57r, Ferial Office; 67r, Septuagesima; 75r, Ash Wednesday; 108r, Holy Thursday; 119r, Easter; 133r, Pascha Annotinum; 145v, Pentecost; 151v, Trinity; 156r, Common of Mary; 158v, Histories (159v, Invitatory Antiphons); 180v, Sundays after Pentecost; 186r, Dedication of a Church.
Ff. 192r-382r: Sanctorale. 192r, Andrew; 201r, Aubertius; 205r, Nicasius; 210r, Stephen; 221v, Thomas Becket; 237v, Elevation of Aubertius; 240v, Conversion of Paul; 244v, Aldegundis; 252r, Waldetrudis; 255v, Vedastus; 289v, Mary Magdalene; 293v, Christopher; 301r, Laurence; 305r, Gaugericus; 317r, Augustine; 334r, Lambertus; 343r, Firminus; 347v-351v, Cosmas and Damian to Dennis; lacuna; 352r, Ursula and the Ten Thousand Virgins; 356r, Office for the Dead; 365r, Maxellendis; 368v, Elizabeth of Hungary; 378r, Catherine.
Ff. 383r-404r: Common of Saints (398v, Common of Abbots). Ff. 405- 435: Added Sanctorale. 405r, Immaculate Conception; 408v, Elizabeth of Hungary; 412r, Finding of Firminus; 416v, Transfiguration; 421r, Corpus Christi; 427r-431v, Office of the Crown of Thorns; lacuna; 432r, Aegidius (unnotated).


Cambrai 38 is a rich source of chants and Offices not found in CAO ; several are printed in full within Analecta hymnica . They include Thomas Becket (Analecta hymnica vol. 13, pp. 242-5), Lambertus (Analecta hymnica vol. 26, 230-3), both Offices for Elizabeth of Hungary (Analecta hymnica vol. 25, pp. 253-8 and 260-4, respectively; the Finding of Firminus (Analecta hymnica vol. 13, pp. 145-7), and the Crown of Thorns (Analecta hynnica vol. 24, pp. 30-4). Because Cambrai 38 and Cambrai XVI both come from Cambrai cathedral, there is considerable overlap between these two sources. Offices that are contained fully or partially in both manuscripts include Corpus Christi, Vedastus, Mary Magdalene, Gaugericus, Augustine, the Elevation of Elizabeth of Hungary, and Catherine. Because of Cambrai's proximity to Arras (at one time they were under the same bishop), Cambrai 38 and Arras 893 also have features in common; however, Arras 893 follows the monastic cursus, so its Offices do not correspond exactly to those in Cambrai 38. The Offices of Corpus Christi, Nicasius, the Finding of Firminus, and Vedastus appear in both of these manuscripts.

Each chant not found in CAO is assigned an arbitrary number prefixed by "cam". Differentiae are identified with numbers chosen arbitrarily; the numbering of differentiae in this file corresponds to that in the file for Cambrai XVI.

Selected Bibliography

  • Haggh, Barbara. "Guillaume du Fay and the Evolution of the Liturgy at Cambrai Cathedral in the Fifteenth Century." In International Musicological Society Study Group Cantus Planus: Papers Read at the Fourth Meeting, Pecs, Hungary, 3-8 September, 1990, ed. Laszlo Dobszay, 549-69. Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1990.
  • Haggh, Barbara. "Plainchant Compositions from Cambrai, 1251-1474: A Preliminary List of Works." In Proceedings of the Congress of the International Musicological Society, Madrid, 1992 (forthcoming).
  • Haggh, Barbara. Two Offices for St Elizabeth of Hungary: "Gaudeat Hungaria" and "Letare Germania". Historiae, ed. Laszlo Dobszay, Barbara Haggh, and Ruth Steiner, 1. Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music, 1995.
  • Haggh, Barbara; Glaeske, Keith; Downey, Charles and Collamore, Lila. Two Cambrai Antiphoners: Cambrai, Médiathèque Municipale, 38 and Impr. XVI C 4. With an Introduction by Barbara Haggh. Ottawa: Institute for Mediaeval Music, 1995.

Notes on the Inventory
The inventory for F-CA 38 was prepared by Barbara Haggh-Huglo (University of Maryland), Keith Glaeske (Catholic University of America), and Lila Collamore (Catholic University of America). Full texts were added by Marina Gallagher (University of Waterloo), Marta Borowska (University of Waterloo), and Rebecca Chapeskie (University of Waterloo).
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