From the first known Old High German poet: one of the most important sources of medieval music

Otfrid von Weißenburg: Gospel harmony

Monastery of Weißenburg (France) — 863–872

Otfrid von Weißenburg: Gospel harmony

Otfrid von Weißenburg: Gospel harmony

Monastery of Weißenburg (France) — 863–872

  1. Otfrid von Weißenburg (ca. 800 - ca. 870) commissioned one of the most important sources of medieval music

  2. Although bearing the marks of age from six centuries of use, it survives in surprisingly good condition

  3. The poetic texts and musical scores are preceded by a detailed and technical description of the manuscript

Otfrid von Weißenburg: Gospel harmony

Alternative Titles:
  • Otfrid von Weißenburg: Evangelienharmonie
Otfrid von Weißenburg: Gospel harmony – Codex Vindobonensis 2687 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
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Short Description

The songbook that was presumably made at the behest of Otfrid von Weißenburg represents one of the most important sources of late medieval music to have survived. It is of tremendous interest to scholars and lovers of music from the Middle Ages. Although bearing the marks of age from six centuries of use, its lines and colors have remained remarkably intact. The Gospel Harmony features multiple illustrations of biblical scenes typical in an illuminated manuscript, in addition to its musical content, all of which have been faithfully reproduced in the facsimile.

Otfrid von Weißenburg: Gospel harmony

Otfrid von Weißenburg´s songbook, the so-called Gospel Harmony was compiled during his lifetime and presumably at his behest. Carefully written and attractively illuminated, the manuscript has been well preserved; and its lines and colors have remained intact despite six centuries of use, yielding an equally clear and bright facsimile. To be sure, the portrait of the author has suffered the ravages of time; therefore, this edition also reproduces a later, yet satisfactory, reconstructed copy.

A Valuable Source on Late Medieval Music

The poetic texts and musical scores are preceded by a detailed and technical history and description of the manuscript by the editor, Francesco Delbono, who performed his task with true thoroughness, scrutinizing the folios painstakingly and noting every peculiarity of the protective cover, binding, format, parchment, ink, initials, script, catalogue numbers, marginal notes, etc. From these and other bits of evidence he has been able to deduce an acceptable history of Ms. A. Now that Ms. B is no longer considered merely a corrected and expanded copy of Ms. A, but a compilation of the same separate texts, it is evident that any further textual study must take Ms. A. into account; and therefore the ardent confraternity of Oswaldians should welcome this handsome addition to the Codices Selecti, as should all students of medieval music.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Otfrid von Weißenburg: Evangelienharmonie
Size / Format
388 pages / 25.0 x 21.0 cm
Date
863–872
Language
Illustrations
1 full-page colour miniature, 3 coloured pen-and-ink drawings, headings, beginning of the lines and notes in the margin written in red
Artist / School

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Otfrid von Weißenburg: Gospel harmony“

Otfrid von Weißenburg: Evangelienharmonie
Otfrid von Weißenburg: Gospel harmony – Codex Vindobonensis 2687 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
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Otfrid von Weißenburg: Evangelienharmonie

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1972
Binding
Half leather
Commentary
1 volume (46 pages) by H. Butzmann
Language: German

H. Butzmann, Wolfenbüttel, 46 pp. text, 2 plates.
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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