A rhymed office for the feast of the visitation by John of Jenstein
Batts, James Boyd
Master of Music
Of several rhymed offices written for the Feast of the Visitation in the late fourteenth century, John of Jenstein's Office, Exurgens autem Maria, is possibly the first composed for the newly promulgated feast. Composed to implore the intercession of the Virgin to end the Great Schism, the office contains both poetic and prose liturgical items set to chant for the singing of the complete office cycle. Chants display characteristics of late medieval melodic style and compositional techniques. Being carefully planned, the office displays great unity of text and music throughout.
Music; Religious history; Medieval history