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Amiens 162 D ff. 42v-45v »In primis vesperis beata Barbare martire« [Officium de Sancta Barbara – 1st & 2nd Vespers] 1v

Notation: Entered by Hand C in chant notation upon staff systems 3; initials in black and red ink and red emphasizing in the text. The scribe entered all text and initials first. Where writing space was needed for text stanzas without music and readings, every second staff line was erased and new lines were drawn.

Edition: Amiens 162 Edition no. 23 (PDF).

Text and contents of the mass:

Officium “In primis vesperis beate barbare” for St Barbara (1. and 2. vespers); many elements can be found in the Officium de Sancta Barbara (December 4) in AH 18, pp. 31-34 (no. 10) after French sources from the 15th and 16th centuries.

(f. 42v) In primis vesperis beate barbare martire – (added on top of page:) Dicentur psalmi de Feria.

[Ant.] Gaude mater ecclesia festum colendo barbare, nam tota celi curia de tali gaudet compare. AH 18, p. 31 - (added in margin with music:) Seculorum amen.

[Ant.] Summi regis clementiam vox una laudat omnium, qui barbare victoriam dedit et cese premium. AH 18, p. 33 – (in margin) Seculorum amen.

[Ant.] Nexu invincibili amoris astricta nullus est infragili sexu penis victa. – (in margin) Seculorum amen.

[Ant.] Virgo carens maculis pollebat serenis columbarum oculis turturisque genis.”, AH 18, p. 31 – (added on the end the staff) Seculorum amen.

(f. 43) Capitulum[:] Confitebor tibi domine.

R[esposorium], Celsa pater in turri filiam claudit forme ob elegantiam. Cuius ornat decora castitas consummat caritas. V[ersus] Hec est sole virtute pulcrior, quovis flore vultu venustior. [R] Cuius. AH 18, p. 32.

Hympnus[:] “Beata nobis gaudia”. AH 43, p. 87, no. 143; sung to the tune “Ad cenam agni providi” in Stäblein 1956, p. 290 no. 4.

1. Beata nobis gaudia
martirium dat barbare,
quam trahis ad celestia
summe deus clementie.

2. Ad cenam agni providi
invitaris qua resides,
agno iunguntur nobili,
quocunque pergis virgines.

3. Rerum creator optime,
per eam te sanctificas
in turris ternolumine,
o lux beata trinitas.

4. Beata cuius brachiis
saxa tacta obediunt,
dum magnum signum imprivit
vexilla regis prodeunt.

5. Aurea luce celitus
ducitur virgo carcare,
plage curantur penitus
iam lucis orto sidere.

6. Rex Christe clementissime,
hec passa te magnificat,
audita benignissime
vox clara, ecce intonat.

7. Audi benigne conditor,
per eam hic nos protegens,
eterne sis vite dator,
verbum supernem prodiens.

Amen. V Ora pro nobis beata barbara [R] ut digni.

(ff. 43v-44), antiphona ad Magnificat[:] O pulchra precipium rosa dans odorem, florens imperpetuum ante creatorem, concupivit speciem tuam rex celorum, perduc nos ad requiem, barbara, sanctorum. - Magnificat. Euouae. AH 18, p. 31.

(f. 44) [Oremus:] Deus qui beatissimam virginem Barbaram roseo martyrii cruore perfusam in thalamo regni tui hodierna die collocasti: concede propitius: ut per eam suorum apud te veniam delictorum obtineant qui eius sempiterne claritati humilli devotione congaudeant. Per dominum [...]

[Ant.] Forma pulchra splenduit quasi lux dici, falsos deos conspuit cultrix veri dei. Dixit dominus ...” (ps. 109), AH 18, p. 32.

(ff. 44-44v) [Ant.] Forme decus superat morum disciplina, quibus se confederat gratia divina. Laudate pueri ... (ps. 112), AH 18, p. 32.

(f. 44v) [Ant.] Patris in edificio nate fiunt imperio tres fenestre, non gemine sub trinitatis nomine. Letatus sum ... (ps. 121), AH 18, p. 32.

[Ant.] Binis fenestris tertiam ad trinitatis gloriam addit, qui fons est luminis et lumen omnis hominis. Nisi dominus edificaverit ... (ps. 162), AH 18, p. 32.

Capitulum[:] Confitebor tibi, domine rex:

(ff. 44v-45), R Honor deo pro tropheo dato barbare per quem adiuta est consequuta celi chorum et summum bonum. Signis splendens et virtutum jubare. V Celi leta mensa freta debriatur divino nectare. [R] Signis. [V] Gloria patri et filio et spiritui sancto. [R] Signis. AH 18, p. 33.

(f. 45) Hymnus[:] Beata nobis gaudia V Ora pro nobis sancta barbara.

[Ant. ad Magnificat] Ave virgo multis clara signis et virtutibus, donis dei deo cara perfruens perhennibus, agnum sequens novum cantas barbara iam canticum nos per preces perduc sanctas ad concentum celirum. Magnificat. Seculorum amen. AH 18, p. 34.

Comments:

Complete set of the proprium sections of vespers for St Barbara, texts and music. It was quiete carefully copied after a complete set of exemplas, Only the placement of key signatures (in for example the antiphon “O pluchra precipium”) reveal some uncertainty. They were copied onto the staves as they appeared in the exemplar; in some instances, if the clef had moved in the exemplar, they appear in the middle of staves and in wrong positions - apparently the scribe had no real awareness of their musical function.

PWCH July 2014