How can organisations like monasteries exist for hundreds of years? What gives them their identity and what makes them find legimitacy through the centuries? Can Max Weber’s conception of charisma help us understanding for example an Order such as the Birgittines and their founder Saint Birgitta?
I just finished an article on invitatory antiphons in the Birgittine liturgy, which I wrote about in an earlier blogpost. So I will this time post the summary of the study, comments are more than welcome. So, a blogpost for true nerds.
The C- collection at Uppsala University library holds what remains of the abbey library in Vadstena, among them quite a number of notated liturgical manuscripts. A visit this week to the manuscript collection made me reflect on how the Vadstena books are structured in relation to books from other Birgittine abbeys. Read the rest of this entry »
This blogpost will not be on Gregorian chant or the Birgittines, at least not explicitly. Last week I was asked to present to my colleagues some strategies for successful research applications since I have been granted a few of these. So here is my list…. Read the rest of this entry »
Today is the feast day of St Sigfrid, the apostle of Värend why I thought it appropriate with a short blogpost on his Office.
Not much is known about the historical figure Sigfrid, being one of several missionaries coming to Christianize Scandinavia 11th century. He eventually ended up in the region of Värend, possibly invited by the Swedish king. Tradition proclaims him as the first bishop of the diocese of Växjö. Read the rest of this entry »
My adventures in the world of (Birgittine) invitatory antiphons continues. But it is also Candlemass today which will be highlighted with some beautiful 18th century square notation! Read the rest of this entry »
I will devote a few blogposts to the invitatory antiphons in the Birgittine Order, which I have been working on for a while now. The result is far from a story by Dan Brown but nevertheless quite interesting. Here a few words on this while an article gets ready for publication…
This blogpost is written from the Benedictine abbey Mariavall (mariavall.se). Me and my colleague Pia Bygdéus here at LNU have been invited to work with the sisters for a few days on liturgical (Gregorian) song and the art of liberating the voice. It is difficult to express in words how meaningful this work has been and how much this has made us reflecting on for example what it means to be able to sing and how groups can encourage and diminish the forces within it. Read the rest of this entry »
Welcome to my blog! I will here write about my ongoing research on chant in the Birgittine Order in my research project ‘The Musical World of the Birgittine –Order’.