New Publication: The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music

Long-gestating co-editing project finally published as part of 700-page book.

I’m delighted to announce that The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music has now been published. Edited overall by Delia da Sousa Correa, the first historical section (‘Part I: Literature and Music before 1500’) was co-edited by Helen Deeming and me. This section includes an introduction by the two of us with the additional co-authorship of Ardis Butterfield, to ensure we had a literary scholar represented, and a selection of seven chapters covering thematic topics chosen by the section editors. Of these, I co-authored two: one on ‘Polytextuality’ with Suzannah Clark; another on ‘Gender’ with Nicolette Zeeman.  Others cover ‘Music and the Book’ (Deeming), ‘Liturgical Music and Drama’ (Nils Holger Petersen), ‘Intermedial Texts’ (Maureen Bolton), ‘Citation and Quotation’ (Jennifer Saltzstein), and ‘Courtly Subjectivities’ (Helen J. Swift and Anne Stone). I really enjoy co-writing and co-editing, something that kept me going with the inevitably protracted process of being part of such a huge volume as it made its slow but sure way to press.

There are also many further chapters on later periods of musical and literary history . Sadly, I don’t have any full-text links that I can share here, and, as a large companion volume designed for library acquisition, the book is not cheap. But the website advertising the book has a complete listing for the volume, as well as a downloadable PDF of the volume editor’s overall introduction.

Review of a new collection of essays on Adam de la Halle

This clerihew didn’t make it into my review of this new volume of essays on Adam de la Halle: Continue reading “Review of a new collection of essays on Adam de la Halle”

Imagining the performance of trouvère song

My article treating a ‘boring’ song by Blondel de Nesle has just been published by Early Music. Continue reading “Imagining the performance of trouvère song”

Hey, shepherd, stop your boastful song!

My article on a two-stanza pastourelle in Douce 308 has just appeared in Plainsong and Medieval Music. Here with added sound files! Continue reading “Hey, shepherd, stop your boastful song!”

Performance workshop for late-medieval song

Last month (June 2019), I took part in a two-day performance workshop organised by Joseph W. Mason and attended by various other people I’ve worked with over the past decade or so. I introduced and advised on performances of a song by Blondel de Nesle (people who have heard me sing will be happy to hear that I delegated that task to others far better qualified!).  Joe has written an excellent account of the entire event, obviating the need for me to do so here. I refer you enthusiastically to his blogpost, which has embedded audio-visual footage of the public concert that resulted. Enjoy!


Do trouvère melodies mean anything?

My article on three songs by Blondel de Nesle just appeared in Music Analysis. Continue reading “Do trouvère melodies mean anything?”

Review of edition of medieval motets in a songbook

My review of a very interesting recent edition of motets in Trouvère chansonnier T has just been published.

I can’t tweet this link directly, but OUP allows me to post it here. It should give access to the full text of my review of Motets from the Chansonnier de Noailles. Ed. Gaël Saint-Cricq with Eglal Doss-Quinby and Samuel N. Rosenberg. Pp.192 (A-R Editions, Middleton, Wis., 2017) $360. ISBN 978-0-89579-862-6 in Music & Letters 99/2 (2018), 281-285. Full text link.

Resonance in Richard de Fournival

My co-authored article with French literary scholar Jonathan Morton on the sonic aspects of Richard de Fournival’s Bestiary of Love has just appeared in the journal Romania. Continue reading “Resonance in Richard de Fournival”