Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Liber Hymnarius wiki

A new (to me) and very interesting-looking website, the Liber Hymnarius wiki. From the main page:
Liber Hymnarius wiki

Dedicated to Our Lady, in memory of her nativity.
Welcome to the Liber Hymnarius wiki, a place where recordings and translations of the contents of the Liber Hymnarius can be collected.
And an information box there says this:

Under Construction The vast majority of the pages on this wiki have not yet been created. Blue links lead to pages that have already been worked on, while red links lead to pages that are still waiting to be made.
Which means that those of us with an interest in these things can contribute to this project.  The Community Portal page says this:

There are two big goals for the Liber Hymnarius wiki:
  • to provide recordings of the hymns of the Liber Hymnarius
  • to provide translations of the hymns.
For recordings, please try to keep the third line from the bottom on A.

“What can I do to help?”

Plenty! There are one big and two smaller areas that have yet to be tackled:

  • The big one: cross-reference of the melodies. Noticed how many
    of the melodies are the same? It would be great to easily be able to
    pull up all the hymns with the same melody. Right now, the only way to
    do that is to sift through the category each hymn is placed in according
    to meter. Huge thanks to Benstox for getting this going!
  • A littler one: cross-reference of the authors. For example, it
    would be nice to search for St. Ambrose and find a page for him with
    links to his hymns. Again, thanks to Benstox for putting in the time necessary to make this happen!
  • A littler one: cross-reference of the liturgical usage. Right
    now, coming to a particular hymn page from an outside website (like a
    search engine) won't tell you for what the hymn is used.
Many thanks also to Brennansia for providing so many translations!

Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated!

Recordings that Contain Errors

In any case, it means that there is now a resource on the web dedicated to the hymnody of the hours, which is certainly an excellent thing.

The site contains, at the moment, these sections:
And links to these external sources:

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