Sydney Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscript Project

Rare Books at Fisher Library

Since 2004, Rare Books at Fisher Library has acquired a number of manuscripts of Spanish liturgical chant. These manuscripts, which are attracting international scholarly interest, have already been the focus of two Symposia, in 2004 and 2008, sponsored by the Centre for Medieval Studies; have generated a CD based on some of their material; and are currently being studied by an international group of scholars led by Jane Morlet Hardie at the Centre for Medieval Studies. In addition to formal inventories and descriptions of the manuscripts, additional studies are in progress on specific aspects of individual manuscripts or groups of manuscripts to which the Fisher sources belong.

The Sydney manuscripts include a book of Lamentations of Jeremiah, several Graduals, Antiphonals, Kyriales, Tropers, and a rare Processional. Among them are books for both Cathedral and Monastic use, including material from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries, with an emphasis on the fifteenth to the early seventeenth centuries. Consistent with Spanish practice, even those manuscripts of late dates contain much earlier medieval and other pre-Tridentine material. Many of the books focus on the period from Christmas to Epiphany. Although provenance for a number of these manuscripts cannot yet be established with any certainty, repertorial and decorative evidence in some of the books points to links with the liturgical agenda of Salamanca Cathedral. Two monastic antiphonals and one gradual are identified with religious communities (Servites, Jeronymites, Augustinians) and one of these appears to have been associated with a particular house of nuns (Our Lady of the Snows).

Fisher Library (E-Scholarship) is in the process of digitizing these manuscripts for access by scholars internationally via the World Wide Web at http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/libraries/rare/7_1ms335.html. For further information about this project, please contact Jane Morlet Hardie at .

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Relevant Publications

Hardie, Jane Morlet, Commemoration, Ritual and Performance: Essays on Medieval and Early Modern Music. Edited, with an Introduction by Jane Morlet Hardie. Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music. 2006. ISBN :1-896926-77-0).

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “Salamanca to Sydney: A Newly-Discovered Manuscript of the Lamentations of Jeremiah” in Music in Medieval Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. 11-22.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts at the University of Sydney: A Preliminary Report.” Fontes Artis Musicae 55 (2008), 205-220.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “Noted Lectionary: Matins for the Triduum Sacrum.” In The Medieval Imagination: Illuminated Manuscripts from Cambridge, Australia and New Zealand.” Edited by Bronwyn Stocks and Nigel Morgan. Melbourne: MacMillan Art Publishing and the State Library of Victoria, 2008. 116-117.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, Commemoration, Ritual and Performance: The Iberian Connection. A CD of works performed by the St Laurence Chamber Choir. Jane Morlet Hardie Project Director. Project devised and booklet written and edited by Jane Morlet Hardie.

Nelson, Kathleen E. 'Fragments of medieval chant manuscripts at the University of Sydney'. Fontes Artis Musicae 55/1 (2008): 223-31

Nelson, Kathleen E. and Anna Muntada Torellas. "University of Sydney, MS Fisher RB Add. 358" in [[i||The Medieval Imagination: Illuminated Manuscripts from Cambridge, Australia and New Zealand'', ed. Bronwyn Stocks and Nigel Morgan. Melbourne: Macmillan Art Publishing, 2008. pp. 114-15.

Conference Papers

Boness, Neil “The Sydney Collection: its development, presentation and preservation.” Participants: Neil Boness, Ross Coleman, Sara Hilder, Julie Price. Invited panel presentation at the Symposium Cathedral, Court, City and Cloister: Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts at the University of Sydney and their International Contexts. The University of Sydney July 9-11 2008.

Boyce, James “Choir Books in Context: the Salamanca Cantorales”. Keynote Address at the Symposium Cathedral, Court, City and Cloister: Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts at the University of Sydney and their International Contexts. The University of Sydney July 9-11 2008.

Boyce, James, “Cathedral Processions: Ms Fisher 358, Content and Context” Invited paper at the Symposium Cathedral, Court, City and Cloister: Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts at the University of Sydney and their International Contexts. The University of Sydney July 9-11 2008.

Curry, Robert “The Monastic Antiphonals Fisher Mss 354-6”. Invited paper at the Symposium Cathedral, Court, City and Cloister: Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts at the University of Sydney and their International Contexts. The University of Sydney July 9-11 2008.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, Co-convenor and organizer of the International Symposium Cathedral, Court, City and Cloister: Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts at the University of Sydney and their International Contexts. The University of Sydney July 9-11 2008. This Symposium had 15 speakers from Spain, Australia, the USA and Hong Kong.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “Salamanca’s Siblings: Fisher Mss 327, 349 and 351.” Invited paper at the Symposium Cathedral, Court, City and Cloister: Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts at the University of Sydney and their International Contexts. The University of Sydney July 9-11 2008.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “A Cluster of Cantorales: Rediscovering a Context for Group of Sydney Manuscripts”. Invited paper at the International Conference
Imagination, Books and Community. The State Library of Victoria, May 29-31 2008.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “Kyriale-Troper Ms 351: The University of Sydney as Salamanca’s Island” National Conference, Musicological Society of Australia, Brisbane, November 2007.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “Spanish Liturgical Music manuscripts at the University of Sydney: A Preliminary Report.” International Association of Music Libraries, Sydney Australia. July 2007.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “Spanish Liturgical Manuscripts at the University of Sydney”. Cantus Planus, Zurich, July 2007

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “Manuscripts of Spanish Liturgical Chant at Sydney University”. Invited paper at the international Colloquium Monodia Sacra Medieval. Lisbon/Evora Portugal. June 2-5 2005.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “Sixteenth-Century Spanish Liturgical Manuscripts at the University of Sydney”. Invited lecture to the Friends of Sydney University Libraries. October 5 2004.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “Commemoration, Ritual and Performance: A Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Music.” A one-day seminar with eight invited speakers from Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, the US, and Australia. Organised and convened by Jane Morlet Hardie for the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Sydney, July 21, 2004.

Nelson, Kathleen E, “Investigating the history of a displaced chant book” at Musicological Society of Australia National Conference, Melbourne, 8
December 2008.

Nelson, Kathleen “RB Add Ms 357: a History of Change” Invited paper at the Symposium Cathedral, Court, City and Cloister: Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts at the University of Sydney and their International Contexts. The University of Sydney July 9-11 2008.

Publications in Press

Boness, Neil. “Building a Collection: The Origins of the Sydney Materials” In Cathedral, City and Cloister: Essays on manuscripts, music and art in old and new worlds. Edited by Kathleen Nelson. Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music, Estimated publication 2010.

Boyce, James, O. Carm. ‘University of Sydney, Fisher Rare Book Additional Manuscript 358: Content and Context’ In Cathedral, City and Cloister: Essays on manuscripts, music and art in old and new worlds. Edited by Kathleen Nelson. Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music, Estimated publication 2010.

Boyce, James, O. Carm. ‘Choir Books in Context: The Salamanca Cantorales’ In Cathedral, City and Cloister: Essays on manuscripts, music and art in old and new worlds. Edited by Kathleen Nelson. Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music, Estimated publication 2010.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “Spanish Tropes Revisited: University of Sydney Fisher Rare Book Additional Manuscript 351.” In Cathedral, City and Cloister: Essays on manuscripts, music and art in old and new worlds. Edited by Kathleen Nelson. Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music, Estimated publication 2010.

Hardie, Jane Morlet, “A Cluster of Cantorales: Rediscovering a Context for a Group of Sydney Manuscripts” .In Imagination, Books and Community in Medieval Europe. Edited by Greg Kratzmann. Melbourne: Macmillan Art Publishing and the State Library of Victoria, Estimated publication 2009.

Nelson, Kathleen E. ‘University of Sydney, Fisher RB Add. MS 357: A History of Change’. In Cathedral, City and Cloister: Essays on manuscripts, music and art in old and new worlds. Edited by Kathleen Nelson. Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music, Estimated publication 2010.

Studies in Progress

Hardie, Jane Morlet, (working titles only).
“Spain in Sydney: University of Sydney Fisher Rare Book Additional Manuscript 327, an Inventory and Introductory Study” For Music for the Divine Office in the Iberian World (working title) Edited by Michael O’Connor, OUP

“Decorative Agendas and the Use of Pattern Books in Spanish Liturgical Chant Manuscripts of the siglo de oro (including Mss from Fisher, Salamanca, Seville, Evora)”.

“Added Polyphonic Interpolations in Spanish Liturgical Chant Manuscripts of the siglo de oro (including Fisher 327, Salamanca 9, Toledo Passionarium 1516)”

“Alleluias in Fisher 349 (relationships with Salamanca 11 and other concordant sources)

“Protomensural notation in Sydney Fisher RB Add Ms 327”.

“Binding Traditions in Spain in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries as Demonstrated in the Fisher Manuscript Collection”

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