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International Machaut Society
Kalamazoo, May 2002

International Machaut Society at Kalamazoo
Call for Papers

Following are brief descriptions of the three sessions that will be sponsored by
the International Machaut Society at the next meeting of the International
Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, 2-5 May 2002).  Paper proposals should be
sent no later than 15 September 2001 to:

Alice V. Clark
College of Music
Loyola University New Orleans
Campus Box 8
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA  70118, USA
e-mail:  avclark@loyno.edu
fax:  +1-504/865-2852


For further information on each session, you may also contact the 
individuals listed below.


Machaut and his Intellectual Milieu (Nicole Lassahn, 
nelassah@midway.uchicago.edu)
This session is meant as a forum for investigation of Machaut's interaction --
broadly conceived -- with his context(s) and contemporaries.  For example, we
would welcome comparative work on Machaut and other authors and musicians from his
time, particularly Chaucer, Vitry, and Froissart.  Papers might also explore
questions of literary and musical sources and influences, including either his
influence on others, or his adaptation of his own sources.  Papers might also
investigate political questions and court contexts or issues of patronage.  
"Intellectual milieu"  might also provide a means for talking about Machaut's
audience:  his readership, audiences and venues for performance of his musical
compositions, and issues of manuscript transmission.


Teaching Machaut (Margaret Hasselman, mhasselm@vt.edu, and Janice C. 
Zinser, 
janice.c.zinser@oberlin.edu)

For this session, we welcome papers addressing how you have successfully taught
Machaut, especially the Remède de Fortune. We are interested in papers focussing
on musical or literary aspects or both, emphasizing new approaches. We are
particularly interested in approaches that 1) are useful in an interdisciplinary
setting, or 2) use various multimedia materials, such as the NEH-Mt. Holyoke
Medieval Lyric materials. Papers should be between 15 and 20 minutes in length.


Machaut and Dissonance (Kevin N. Moll, mollk@mail.ecu.edu)
This session proposes to explore the concept of "dissonance" in the oeuvre of
Machaut and his close contemporaries. In Western music generally, the function of
dissonance has been to create harmonic tension or motion, and its resolution has
been a constant element of style, typically constituting a cornerstone of harmonic
theory and practice in various periods. One of the most intriguing aspects of the
Ars nova repertoire, however, is precisely that its practical conception of
dissonance treatment has proved to be notoriously intransigent to account for, and
this is especially true in the music of Machaut himself. By extension, dissonance
can also refer to the lack of harmony in non-musical spheres (e.g., poetic
structure or content), again presumably requiring (though perhaps not always
successfully achieving) resolution.  We therefore encourage considerations of all
aspects of Machaut's treatment of dissonance, musical and otherwise.

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