Described by the index compiler (probably a monk working in the Palaeography Workshop in the Benedictine Abbey of Solesmes) as ‘Bréviaire noté d’hiver Metz 461‘
This manuscript (dated late C13th – early C14th) was lost in a bombing raid on the city of Metz (a city in northeast France) in WWII, but survived in a microfilm made by the Abbey of Solesmes in the interbellum years (possibly earlier) to support their research into Gregorian chant restoration. We have now (May 2022) made a conclusive transcription of the manuscript’s notation into the square-note neume notation now used in Gregorian chant. This was used for a recording May 1-7 in Malay, Southern Burgundy in 2022.
The office of St. Gengulphus is very likely a later addition to the original manuscript seeing that our Saint’s feast day was not indicated in the calendar at the introduction of the manuscript. Thus a later scribe – the handwriting is clearly different reading from f.431 to including the office of St.G. However, the possibility is also there that this scribe copied the office from an older manuscript.
We hold our dating of the music of the office of St. Gengulphus at late C13th / early C14th for the meantime.
Index notation: Officium proprium de Scô Gengulpho 438 verso (editor: office ends at 444 verso)