More on Invitatory Antiphons and Candlemas

February 2nd, 2017 by Karin Strinnholm Lagergren

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!

In exploring invitatories in general in search for ideas on from where the Birgittines borrowed or got influenced in creating their repertoire of invitatory antiphons I found something quite interesting. There is a connection between invitatory antiphons and great responsories, both sung at Matins. Why is this? The both chant genres seem to borrow formulas and melodic patterns from one another. What does this musical connection within the very same service mean? And why these borrowings between antiphons and great responsories being very different in length and structure, and not between psalm antiphons and invitatory antiphons structurally being much more like each other? I will keep pondering about this and keep you posted…

And today on the Feast of the Purification, also called Candlemass, I present the introitus for the mass on this day as sung by the Birgittine sisters in Uden from a manuscript from 1728.

Introitus Suscepimus for the Feast of Purification. Source from Birgittine Abbey Uden from 1728.




Karin Strinnholm Lagergren
Senior Lecturer at Linnaeus University
Senior lecturer in musicology and singer of medieval music. Research interest monastic chant, in particular Birgittines and Dominicans. In this blog I write, comment and reflect on my research project 'The Musical World of the Birgittine Order'. Expect loads of manuscript images, tricky chant problems and square notation!

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