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On the Relationship of Imitation and Text Treatment: The Motet around 1500
International Musicological Conference

University of Wales, Bangor, 29 March - 1 April 2007


There is general agreement in musical scholarship that the years around
1500 are characterized by momentous changes in musical history, musical
style and attitudes towards music - changes that have recently led Rob
Wegman to designate this period as the era of "Music in Crisis". In this,
the motet has always received special attention as one of the genres in
which the the shift from "15th-century styles" to "16th-century styles" is
perceived to be particularly marked.

In an article published in 1979 with the title "On the relationship of
imitation and text treatment in the Age of Josquin", Ludwig Finscher has
defined the parameters of this stylistic shift and focused them around two
musical techniques - text declamation and imitation - and around one
composer: Josquin Desprez. This focus has informed the study of motets
around 1500 ever since; it has helped to define the issues, but it has
possibly diverted attention from other (equally or more important)
questions and other composers.

The aim of this conference is twofold: For one, to review the various
directions of enquiry within the vast amount of scholarship on the motet
around 1500 that has accumulated since Finscher's article appeared; for
another, in doing so, to scrutinize and possibly to question the focus of
motet scholarship on the issues of imitation and text declamation as well
as its focus on Josquin as the centre of discourse.

Programme

Thursday 29 March
14:00     Opening remarks

On the relationship between imitation and text treatment - some general
questions
14:15    Julie Cumming (Montreal): Text Setting and Imitative Technique in 
Petrucci's First Five Motet Prints
14:50    Sean Gallagher (Harvard): Petrucci's Motetti a cinque and the 
Five-Voice Motet circa 1500
15:25    Jeffrey Dean (Manchester): The Incomprehensibilia Composer and the 
Invention of the Subject

16:00    Coffee break

Text declamation
16:30    Warwick Edwards (Glasgow): Text Treatment and the Humanistic Fallacy
17:05    Stephen Rice (Oxford): Reverse Accentuation
17:40    Leofranc Holford-Strevens (Oxford): The Latin Texts of Regis' Motets

18:45    Reception

Friday 30 March

Composer studies I:     Burgundy and the Low Countries
9:00     Rob Wegman (Princeton): The Motets of Matheus Pipelare
9:35     Mary Natvig (Bowling Green): Imitation in the Motets of Antoine
Busnoys
10:10    Philip Weller (Nottingham): Some Ways of the Motet - Obrecht and
Others

10:45    Coffee break

11:15    Keynote Address: Joshua Rifkin (Boston): A Black Hole? The Problem of 
the Motet Around 1500

12:30    Lunch

Josquin Desprez
14:00    Bonnie Blackburn (Oxford): New Thoughts on Josquin's Huc me sydereo
14:35    John Milsom (Oxford): Virgo salutiferi and the Combinative Impulse
15:10    Paula Higgins (Nottingham): Of Mice and Manhood: Discourses of 
Aesthetic Excess in the Reception of Planxit autem David
15:45    Jaap Van Benthem (Utrecht): A Triumph of Symbiosis: Angelo Poliziano, 
Josquin des Prez, and the Motet O Virgo prudentissima

16:20    Coffee break

On the periphery?
16:45    Lenka Mrackova (Prague): Motet Style and Structure in Central Europe 
around 1490. Some Remarks on selected Pieces from the Codex Speciálník
17:20    Kenneth Kreitner (Memphis): Spain Discovers the Motet

20:00    Concert: The Brabant Ensemble, dir. Stephen Rice, St Mary's
Church, Caernarfon

Saturday 31 March

Composer studies II: France
9:30    John T. Brobeck (Tucson): Antoine de Févin and the Origins of the 
"Parisian Motet"
10:05    David Fallows (Manchester): Pierre Moulu's Mater floreat florescat
10:40    Marie-Alexis Colin (Montreal): The Motets of Mathieu Gascongne

11:15    Coffee Break

Composer studies III: Italy and Germany
11:45    Daniele Filippi (Cremona): Text, Form and Style in Franchino
Gaffurio's Motets
12:20    Adam Gilbert (Los Angeles): Ludwig Senfl's Motet Sancte pater
divumque and his Musical Patrimony

13:00    Lunch

Text and context
14:30    Jane Hatter (Montreal): Reflecting on the Rosary: Marian Motets
in the Early Sixteenth Century
15:05    Remi Chiu (Montreal): You have wounded my heart! Song of Songs,
Motets, and the Wound of Desire
15:40    Melanie Wald (Zürich): Semantics of the cantus firmus

16:15    Coffee break

Influence and Intertextuality
16:40    Murray Steib (Muncie): The Old Guard Goes to School: Josquin's 
Influence on Johannes Martini
17:15    Jennifer Thomas (Gainesville): The Quem dicunt homines Complex: A
Case Study in imitatio
17:50    Christian Thomas Leitmeir (Bangor): Josquin and Mouton

20:00    Conference Dinner: Treysgawen Hall, Llangefni, Anglesey

Sunday 1 April

Technical Questions
9:30     Patrick Macey (Rochester): Aspects of Dissonance Treatment in
Motets for Five and Six Voices, ca. 1500
10:05    Timothy Pack (Eugene): Ostinato-Tenor Motet Composition, ca. 1500
10:40    Stefano Mengozzi (Ann Arbor): Josquin and the Hexachord: A View
from Ut Phoebi radiis

11:15    Coffee break

Outlooks
11:40    Richard Wexler (College Park): The Repertory in the Medici Codex
12:15    Laura Youens (Washington): A Re-Examination Of The Motet-Chanson

12:50    Closing Remarks

For registration and further information please contact
Professor Thomas Schmidt-Beste
School of Music
University of Wales Bangor
Bangor Gwynedd LL57 2DG
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1248-382181
mus205@bangor.ac.uk
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