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The Magnificat: Facets and Research Paths by Elizabeth F. McLean Dec 2009

The Magnificat: Facets and Research Paths by Elizabeth F. McLean Dec 2009

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  • 1. The Magnificat: Facets and Research Paths December 16, 2009 LSC831 Fall 2009 Elizabeth F. McLean
  • 2. “The Magnificat is such a beautiful prayer that the Church uses it every day at Evening Prayer, in the Liturgy of the Hours. It perfectly summarizes Mary's faith and trust in God and is also the longest direct quote from any woman in the New Testament. In the Women's Bible Commentary, author Jane Schaberg writes: "The Magnificat is the great New Testament song of liberation—personal and social, moral and economic—a revolutionary document of intense conflict and victory." (McCloskey, 2004. http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/May2004/Wiseman.asp)
  • 3. Subject facets Religious Significance Criticism, interpretation Performances, Performers, Practices History and Criticism Geographic survey Recital repertoire Instrumental history Monophony, Polyphony Modern forms
  • 4. General Research Strategies Library Catalogs Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Subject or Composer Bibliographies Indexes (Indices) Dissertations & Theses (EDTs) Discographies, Streaming Audio Services Special Works or Resources
  • 5. Special sets or resources International Societies Musicological Publication of the International Bruckner Society plus companion score Special Archives & Collections
  • 6. Libraries and their Catalogs What libraries will you want to check Special Collections Subject Expertise Explore the Catalogs http://libraries.cua.edu/musicoll/index.ht ml http://libraries.cua.edu/relicoll/index.html
  • 7. Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Broad topic coverage Begins to familiarize aspects of the topic for further study Identifies important and historically valuable sources to consult Used in this project: Grove Music Online Oxford Music Online
  • 8. Bibliographies Comprehensive reference tools Provide extensive, scholarly annotations and descriptions May help to broaden or narrow scope of project
  • 9. Bibliographies-in this project Music Reference and Research Materials The Sources of Polyphonic Magnificat and Te Deum Settings until the Middle of the 16th Century
  • 10. Bibliographies-in this project German Sacred Polyphonic Vocal Music between Schütz and Bach Sacred Music. Part 1. Hymns, Magnificats, Motets and Passions Choral Music: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge Music Bibliographies)
  • 11. Indexes: Periodicals, Dissertations RILM Abstracts JSTOR/Project Muse Directory of Open Access Journals RISM IPM Online incorporate of Heyer and Hill & Stevens editions of historical sets, collected editions and musical monuments ProQuest Dissertation Abstracts International (CUA)
  • 12. Discographies Serve a similar function as song indexes for score anthologies Historical and musicological studies Repertory studies, reception histories, performance histories Facilitate access to every title on disc International Bibliography of Discographies: Classical Music & Jazz & Blues* NAXOS* SONIC (Library of Congress) WorldCAT *=used in this project
  • 13. Facets for research: Musicological Recordings Theological Modalities, Forms Composers, Compositions Magnificat Contemporary Criticism Geo-political Repertory Instrumentation, voicing

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