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Paradigms: the Carmina Burana and the Libro de buen Amor

Paradigms: the Carmina Burana and the Libro de buen Amor

Chapter:
(p.17) Chapter One Paradigms: the Carmina Burana and the Libro de buen Amor
Source:
Songbook
Author(s):
Marisa Galvez
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226280523.003.0002

This chapter describes two works as songbooks—the middle Latin compendium, the Carmina Burana, and the Castilian, Libro de buen amor—that are not conventionally regarded as lyric anthologies in the same sense as the monumental lyric anthologies such as the troubadour chansonniers. As these works were compiled near the time when many of the lyrics they contain were composed and performed, the chapter analyzes their function as songbooks in terms of their textual properties that allow for audience participation and reader interpolation. In imagining how a songbook may have emerged from certain kinds of textual material and performance and compiler practices, it casts light on the formal and hermeneutic structure that enables a work to be engaged to a community of readers, and oral and literate traditions to be assimilated to one another. Both the Carmina and the Libro, as codices compiled near the time of their songs' production, reflect the adaptation of several traditions within a student milieu. These songbooks reinforce the student practices of translating established musical and literary forms into local, orally transmitted ones.

Keywords:   songbooks, Carmina Burana, Libro de buen amor, anthologies, lyrics

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