Making Sense of Omnis/Habenti: An Ars Nova Motet in England

Lisa Colton

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The motet Omnis/Habenti is found in only one source, the rear flyleaves of the book Oxford, Bodleian e museo 7, ff. 266v–267. As is typical of fourteenth-century insular polyphony, its texts are in Latin, and it carries no direct sign of authorship. The song was chosen as one of twenty-two pieces featured on the Gothic Voices recording Masters of the Rolls: Music by English Composers of the Fourteenth Century, an acknowledgement of the craft of the song as well as its effective sound in performance. Omnis/Habenti has also attracted attention as a song betraying continental influence. The new identification of the tenor of this motet, as outlined in this chapter, offers new possibilities for analysing and interpreting Omnis/Habenti in relation to other fourteenth-century works, especially those by Philippe de Vitry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Music and Instruments of The Middle Ages
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honour of Christopher Page
EditorsTess Knighton, David Skinner
Place of PublicationWoodbridge, Suffolk; Rochester, NY
PublisherBoydell & Brewer
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781783275564
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Medieval and Renaissance Music
PublisherBoydell & Brewer


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