A silhouette (in white) of Founder's Tower, on a background illustrating a musical theme. Royal Holloway, University of London

Breaking Into Song
2pm Friday 25 January to 6pm Saturday 26 January, 2008
Pembroke College, Cambridge

Part of the Medieval Song Project based at the Institute of Musical
Research in London, this two-day symposium aims to explore new approaches
to writing the history of medieval song by focusing on the way in which its
various traditions were shaped and mediated by music. It will bring
together scholars working on medieval song with a view to establishing
dialogue between those addressing similar problems within different
repertories.

Each contributor to the symposium has been invited to present an analysis
of an individual song, placing particular emphasis on musico-stylistic
features. The symposium's intra-disciplinary focus will promote exchange
between those working in areas that have become specialist domains, as well
as encouraging reflection on the extent to which musical readings might
engage with critical approaches developed in other disciplines. The whole
spectrum of medieval song repertories will be open to consideration (Latin,
vernacular, monophonic, polyphonic), with emphasis placed on songs with
versified texts primarily destined for use outside the regular liturgical
cursus. At the end of the conference, a response to the musicological work
will be presented by an invited philologist - Dr Nicolette Zeeman.

Convenors: Dr Sam Barrett (Cambridge), Dr Helen Deeming (Southampton), Dr
Elizabeth Eva Leach (Royal Holloway)

Participants: Prof. Mark Everist (Southampton), Prof. Andreas Haug
(Erlangen), Prof. Susan Rankin (Cambridge), Dr Gundela Bobeth (Vienna), Dr
Suzannah Clark (Oxford), Dr Thomas Payne (College of William and Mary).

The draft programme and booking form are available at: http://music.sas.ac.uk/research-groups/medieval-song-project.html#c1353


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