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Hildegard as Musical Hagiographer: Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek Ms. 103 and Her Songs for Saints Disibod and Ursula

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This chapter first discusses a liturgical manuscript, Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek, Ms. 103, which scholars have linked to the Disibodenberg and have begun to use as context in discussing Hildegard's music. It provides an overview of the manuscript, an incomplete breviary; examines its attribution to the Disibodenberg, primarily through analysis of its sanctorale; proposes an alternative but still regional provenance; and explores its place in Hildegard studies. With Engelberg 103 as a backdrop, the chapter then turns to case studies of Hildegard's music for saints. Like her Scivias songs, some of Hildegard's songs for saints survive in a purely textual tradition (her letters, for instance), in addition to extant collections of her notated songs. The chapter addresses Hildegard's songs for St Disibod; her sequences, with a focus on O Ecclesia for St Ursula; and, finally, her antiphon series for St Ursula, part of her most complete liturgical offering.

Keywords: Engelberg 103; Hildegard; liturgical song; O Ecclesia; sanctorale; Scivias song; St Ursula; St Disibod



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