Medieval chant for Swedish saints

© Ann-Marie Nilsson

Uppsala University, Sweden

Chants in St. Eskil’s historia: variant tables

Complementary material to a musicological edition of a liturgical versified office for the
Swedish saint Eskil, presumably written around the year 1300: variant tables of chant

Remarks to variant tables contains general remarks on the notation in the sources and
the comparative tables as well as abbreviations. Sources are listed in a separate file.

Edition and complementary material was prepared by Ann-Marie Nilsson during a
research project (2006-2008) ”Medieval chant for Swedish saints”, financed by
the Swedish Research Council.
The breviarium strengnense imprimatum (1495) contains five psalm antiphons for vespers,
for which no notated sources have been found.

Some of the melodies from this office have served as models for later (around 1400)
added chants in Matins for St. Erik. (MA1 also served as model for an antiphon in the office for
Nicolaus Hermanni, who was considered to have compiled those chants.) In such cases, those
melodies are added for comparison at the bottom of the tables. See Ann-Marie Nilsson,
S:t Eriks hystoria. The historia of St. Erik, king and martyr, and patron saint of Sweden (Stockholm 2000).

Remarks to variant tables




VE Eskille flos presulum
VH Adest dies


Minv Eskilli martyris sollemnia
MA1 Postquam hiems abiit
MA2 Clamat preco populis
MA3 Fugat christus domini
R1 Olim spinas/ Dum luxit
R2 Gaude felix suecia/ Erranti
R3 Lucem reddit nebule/ Celis
MA4 Idola colentium
MA5 Aures claudunt aspides
MA6 Scelus gentis flebilis
R4 Surgit operarius/ Sanguine
R5 Turbas diis libantium / Nec lapis
R6 Verbi ferit gladio/ Vas auri
MA7 Alabastrum frangitur
MA8 Clamant ad suffragia
MA9 Pro nobis egregie
R7 Transit ab exilio/ Qui gregis
R8 De patris absentia/ Et sibi
R9 O proles britanie/ Quam pater


LA1 Legem hausit avide
LA2 Spreto solo patrie
LA3 Iuxta votum omnium
LA4 Principem non timuit
LA5 Extinxerunt impii
LE O presul mitissime

Second Vespers

WE Vale pater patrie