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  • 1 Institute for Musicology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Táncsics M. u. 7 H-1014 Budapest Hungary
  • 2 Liszt Academy of Music Research Group of Church Music Liszt F. tér 8 H-1061 Budapest Hungary
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The responsory — a genre originated in early period of Gregorian chant, but also increasing in number until the end of the Middle Ages — is expected as transmitted in a rather stable melodic shape. The paper lists and analyses, however, 27 items with more than one melody and with variants in a wide scope of modes. In addition, 15 tunes are listed that has been adapted as contrafacta (and not as a model-melody) to new texts. These latter include not only parts of saints’ offices but also items belonging to the temporale part of the office.