Period: January - December 2012
Financed by: Accentus Foundation und Ernst Göhner Foundation
Joint Project with: Abbey Library of St. Gall, SWR Tübingen, University of Tübingen, Christopherus-Label
Description: In the Carolingian era in the 9th century, a musical notation with neumes was developed; with this notation, liturgical song, the so-called Gregorian chant and its extensions such as the sequences, could for the first time be recorded in a decisively new way, namely according to the exact agogic progression. Although the music that once filled the St. Gall monastery in the 9th and 10th centuries has long since faded away, the St. Gall manuscripts offer valuable clues for bringing it back to life. In this regard, special attention has been paid to the reconstruction of the melodies by comparing numerous manuscripts and realizing subtleties of vocal intrepretation, as indicated by specific neumes. A joint project with the Abbey Library of St. Gall, e-codices, the SWR Tübingen (Southwest Broadcasting), and the University of Tübingen, as well as the Christopherus-Label, has permanently and dynamically brought together the recordings of Notker’s Sequences (ASIN: B004EH24H2) on the award-winning CD by the „Ordo virtutum“ ensemble with the corresponding digital copies of the manuscripts.
Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Stefan Morent, Musikwissenschaftliches Institut der Universität Tübingen
Programming: text & bytes GmbH, Könizstrasse 18, CH-3008 Bern