Hartkeriana singers for this particular psalterium project are drawn from the following group: David Barick, Wiebe Brouwer, Simon Cijsouw, Martin Claes, Michiel Op de Coul, Christopher Fuelling, Henk Gols, Jerry Korsmit, Simon Paul and Hans Sprangers.
One of the leading manuscript sources for semiological research is the Hartker Antiphonary written around the year 1000 by the recluse Hartker, a monk in the abbey of Sankt-Gallen, Switzerland. The manuscript, officially registered as Antiphonarium Hartkeri Sankt-Gallen 390/391 (two links here to each manuscript – the winter and summer part), encompasses all the Office repertoire of the universal European and local East Swiss tradition. According to research by Professor Cornelius Pouderoijen it became clear that the manuscript is the work of a scriptorium rather than the opus of a single man. It is probable that the whole text and much of the neumes were written by Hartker himself. In any case, it is one of the oldest, and certainly the most complete and intelligently notated witnesses of a repertoire that is rarely heard today either in liturgical practice or concert performance.
This unique source is only partially accessible for practitioners today as accurate music transcriptions of much of its contents are labour-intensive. The gradual revelation of this manuscript in sound is the goal Hartkeriana has set for itself. Continue.
Michiel Op de Coul