On the Feast of St Bernard

Saint Bernard of ClairvauxOdoriferum lilium is one of the responsories for Matins of the feast of this saint. I really enjoy this one in particular for the beautiful design of the melodic line and the low tessitura. This was one of the examples I used in my talk last year, at the “Residência Cisterciense” in the Monastery of S. Bento de Cástris, Évora, a feminine cistercian house that had quite a lot of music activity during the seveenteenth and eighteenth centuries.It was my first work on this kind of repertoire, based on the responsories for the feast of St Bernard from Arouca, manuscript 25.

It opened my horizons to study plainchant sources from the times of polyphony as the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and even in late eighteenth century. Unfortunately, the preecedings are not yet published (page for the paper at Academia.edu) but I hope they will be soon. This recording is part of a fantastic CD entitled “Cistercian Chant” by Ensemble Organum.

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