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… cantus ecclesiasticum ut ornaret …: Polyphony for the Proper of the Mass in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

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… cantus ecclesiasticum ut ornaret …: Polyphony for the Proper of the Mass in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

16-18 January, 2009, Faculteit Letteren, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)

Organised by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Research Unit of Musicology and the Alamire Foundation

Conference Theme

In 1509, the great Renaissance composer Heinrich Isaac delivered an extraordinary series of commissioned mass-proper cycles to the cathedral chapter at Constance. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of this event, this conference aims to contextualise Isaac’s contribution to the mass-proper genre by examining polyphony for the proper of the mass in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Papers, of around 25 minutes, are invited on all topics relating to medieval and Renaissance polyphonic mass-proper repertories. These may include: the earliest mass-proper repertories and their relationships with the beginnings of written polyphony in the West source-studies (mass-propers in manuscripts and prints) mass-propers and the liturgy relationships between mass-propers and other sorts of liturgical music analytical aspects (e.g. the treatment of pre-existent chant cantus firmi) mass-propers and unwritten polyphony precedents, context, and analysis of Heinrich Isaac’s mass-propers

Proposals for panel-sessions are also welcome. The preferred conference language is English, although other languages will also be considered. Abstracts, no longer than 300 words, may be submitted via email to David Burn (david.burn[at]arts.kuleuven.be) or Stefan Gasch (stefan.gasch[at]univie.ac.at) by 15 October 2008. Notification of acceptance will be given no later than 30 November 2008.

For further information, please contact:

David Burn and Stefan Gasch
Department of Musicology Institut für Musikwissenschaft
Faculty of Letters Universität Wien
Blijde-Inkomsstraat 21 – bus 3313 Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 9
3000 Leuven 1090 Wien
Belgium Austria
Tel.: +32 487657566 Tel.: +43 1 4277 44271
Mail: david.burn at arts.kuleuven.be Mail: stefan.gasch at
univie.ac.at

See also the conference website, at http://www.arts.kuleuven.be/
alamire/, under "conferences".


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