This three-year project explores the world of Reformation as seen and heard in the Wode Psalter.
The Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awarded a team within Edinburgh University a three-year project: The world of Reformation Britain as seen and heard in the Wode Psalter.
The Wode or St Andrews Psalter comprises an important collection of manuscript musical part books of the Psalms.
It is named after Thomas Wode, vicar of St Andrews, who, under the patronage of James Stewart, Earl of Moray, copied and compiled the books between 1562 and 1592.
As can be seen in the example images, he illustrated them beautifully.
The books also contain a few additions by other hands made between 1606 and 1625.
The WodePsalter Iphone app accompanies the Singing the Reformation free exhibition taking place at the University of Edinburgh from 6 August to 28 October 2011.
The app allows you to explore in more detail some of the objects that will be on display, examine samples of the transcribed scores from the part books and listen to excerpts of the music.
It can be downloaded at no cost from the ITunes store.
The work was funded by a CHSS Knowledge Exchange grant.
The project team is led by Professor Jane Dawson (Divinity)
Dr John Scally, Director of University Collections
Dr Noel ORegan (Music)
Dr Andrew Grout (Edinburgh University Libraries) is managing the digital images and Dr Jessie Paterson (Divinity Computing) is responsible for the project website.
The Research Forum is open to everyone who has an interest in the Wode Part-books and/or their musical, literary, artistic, political and religious contexts.
Of the eight extant Wode Part books, Edinburgh University Library is fortunate to possess five, including three in the Laing Collection.
In addition to co-ordinating multi-disciplinary research on the Psalter, the project will also produce an exhibition and a series of concerts.
There are a number of events related directly to the Wode Psalter project and others that are associated or are of interest to the project
This project is supported through the generous funding of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
This article was published on Jul 21, 2011