"Ut omni tempore inservire queant…" : a reflection on the structure of Jacobus Handl's Opus musicum and its association with a liturgical context

Title: "Ut omni tempore inservire queant…" : a reflection on the structure of Jacobus Handl's Opus musicum and its association with a liturgical context
Author: Desmet, Marc
Source document: Musicologica Brunensia. 2016, vol. 51, iss. 1, pp. 5-24
Extent
5-24
  • ISSN
    1212-0391 (print)
    2336-436X (online)
Type: Article
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Abstract(s)
Due to its ambitious covering of the whole liturgical year and its impressive contents of 374 motets, the Opus musicum by Jacobus Handl Gallus has often been compared to other great liturgical summae of the 16th century such as Heinrich Isaac's Choralis Constantinus. However, few studies, if any, have ever tempted to elucidate the links which could actually associate the musical contents of the Opus musicum and a liturgical context. This task has still to be realised from the start, although many clues seem to converge in favour of a collection of ecclesiastical concerts rather than a series of polyphonic settings of liturgical chant quotations.