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Wessobrunn Creation Prayer

By Traditional

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Organ, Soprano Voice, Alto Voice, Tenor Voice, Bass Voice, SATB - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Traditional. Arranged by Stephen Lines. Early Music, Sacred. Score, Set of Parts. 24 pages. Published by Stephen Lines (S0.113491).

Item Number: S0.113491

The prayer is named after Wessobrunn Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Bavaria, for centuries the repository of the sole manuscript, which is now in the Bavarian State Library in Munich. The date of its composition is put at around 790 or a little later, while the surviving manuscript dates from about 814. The author of the verses is unknown, although from the content and a couple of linguistic features, it seems highly probable that it was composed after an Anglo-Saxon model for use in the Christian missions to the heathen taking place in Germany at this time.The place of origin of the manuscript is also unknown. It was not written in Wessobrunn; a number of Bavarian religious establishments could have produced it, the most likely being Augsburg or Regensburg. The conspicuous oddity in this manuscript of the use of the star-rune as a shorthand symbol for the syllable "ga-" is shared by only one other manuscript, also Bavarian, viz., Arundel MS. 393 in the British Library.ThisĀ arrangement by Stephen Lines for SATB and organ is highly redolent of the period of the prayer's inception. The final section utilises Aeolian mode.

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