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## Subtilitas in the ars antiqua Motet. Text – Context – Intertext

### Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett

#### Abstract

This dissertation discusses the texts of the ars antiqua motet and shows that the associations and intertextual relationships both among the texts of the composed voices and between these texts and the text of the originally liturgical tenor are richer, more complex and more meaningful than previously thought. The variety of association and relation is the verbal subtilitas of the dissertation's title. In Chapter I, motet texts are examined with regard to their sound quality: metric structure, placement of vowels and consonants, rhetorical impact as well as the specific poetic techniques influencing their behaviour. One sees how carefully many texts were set and how much meaning can be conveyed, even in multi-textural and multilingual motets. Chapter II focuses on the provenance of the tenor and on the messages that might be hidden beneath its surface. It is argued that one must relate the texts of the upper voices to the full liturgical and biblical context from which the tenor is taken, and groups of motets based on the same tenor but having different upper texts are presented. Chapter III discusses multi-textuality and explores the phenomenon of a genuine intertext with its own meaning and message resulting from the convergence of simultaneously sounding texts. The texts of a group of motets from the Artois region based on fragments of the same liturgical chant are examined.
Record ID
UAM8d671fa8717449c5bf8c42d5ce614578
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett,, Undefined Affiliation
Title in Polish
Subtilitas w motecie ars antiqua. Tekst – kontekst – intertekst
Title in English
Subtilitas in the ars antiqua Motet. Text – Context – Intertext
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of History (FoH)
Discipline
arts / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.7 arts studies
Status
Finished
Defense Date
18-11-2010
Title date
18-11-2010
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/662 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
motet, liturgy, reference, allegory
Abstract in English
This dissertation discusses the texts of the ars antiqua motet and shows that the associations and intertextual relationships both among the texts of the composed voices and between these texts and the text of the originally liturgical tenor are richer, more complex and more meaningful than previously thought. The variety of association and relation is the verbal subtilitas of the dissertation's title. In Chapter I, motet texts are examined with regard to their sound quality: metric structure, placement of vowels and consonants, rhetorical impact as well as the specific poetic techniques influencing their behaviour. One sees how carefully many texts were set and how much meaning can be conveyed, even in multi-textural and multilingual motets. Chapter II focuses on the provenance of the tenor and on the messages that might be hidden beneath its surface. It is argued that one must relate the texts of the upper voices to the full liturgical and biblical context from which the tenor is taken, and groups of motets based on the same tenor but having different upper texts are presented. Chapter III discusses multi-textuality and explores the phenomenon of a genuine intertext with its own meaning and message resulting from the convergence of simultaneously sounding texts. The texts of a group of motets from the Artois region based on fragments of the same liturgical chant are examined.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM8d671fa8717449c5bf8c42d5ce614578/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAM8d671fa8717449c5bf8c42d5ce614578

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