Dramatic religious action sung to a Latin text (sometimes mixed with the vernacular). The text is always a dialogue paraphrase of a Gospel episode; its rudimentary presentation, often more akin to a processional ritual than to a real theatrical performance, takes place in the church. The period of the greatest flowering of liturgical drama began in the twelfth century, but its origins date back at least to the tenth century; its development continued until the fourteenth century. It is probable that the origin of liturgical drama can be traced back to the flourishing of tropes from the Carolingian era: indeed, it is believed that the first brief and embryonic example of liturgical drama may have been the dialogue interpolated in the Easter Mass between the angel and the pious women who find Christ’s tomb uncovered. Liturgical drama is associated with the solemn celebration of a feast: Easter, Christmas, the Resurrection of Lazarus, the conversion of St. Paul. The Planctus, the lamentation of the Virgin over the body of Christ, does not strictly belong to this category. It is a similar genre, but it is associated with Good Friday and has a painful character.
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