Prof co-authors ‘The Feast of Corpus Christi'

BOWLING GREEN, O.—One of the most solemn feasts of the Latin Church is the subject of a new book co-authored by Dr. Vincent Corrigan, a professor of musicology at Bowling Green State University.

Corrigan, with Barbara R. Walters, an associate professor of sociology at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, and Peter T. Ricketts, honorary professor of French at the University of Birmingham, is co-author of “The Feast of Corpus Christi.” Published by Pennsylvania State University Press, the book took nearly two decades to complete.

The feast of Corpus Christi can be traced to the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215 and its resolution of disputes over the nature of the Eucharist. The book presents for the first time a complete set of source materials related to the study of the feast, including multiple versions of the original Latin liturgy, a set of poems in Old French and their English translations, and complete transcriptions of the music.

The BGSU faculty member provided the critical editions of the music and text of the Corpus Christi Office and Mass from seven late 13th- and early 14th-century manuscripts, which date from 1269 to1320.

Corrigan, whose primary interests are in medieval music and harpsichord performance, holds degrees in music education, piano, harpsichord and musicology from Carnegie-Mellon University and Indiana University.

In addition to musicology, he teaches harpsichord at Bowling Green's College of Musical Arts.

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(Posted February 06, 2007 )