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Music and verbal meaning: Machaut’s polytextual songs (contains links to full text)


Opening of Machaut’s De triste/Quant/Certes (B29)

A paper showing that the music’s functional, contrapuntal aspect can significantly inflect the meaning of the texts that it delivers. Continue reading “Music and verbal meaning: Machaut’s polytextual songs (contains links to full text)”

Guillaume de Machaut, royal almoner (contains links to full text of article)

Detail from a fourteenth-century alms purse. Source: http://www.cottesimple.com/alms_purse/cloisters_purse.htm

A paper outlining Machaut’s early career in royal service suggests that his function as an almoner had a distinct influence on his conception of generosity. Continue reading “Guillaume de Machaut, royal almoner (contains links to full text of article)”

Forging song in the medieval rehearsal room (contains links to full text)

Pythagoras in the forge (left) from GKS 80 2º: Speculum humanae salvationis, 47 verso Speculum humanae salvationis [The Mirror of Human Salvation], Germany, 1400-1450
Paper on distributed cognition and medieval song is published in a volume edited by Mary Carruthers Continue reading “Forging song in the medieval rehearsal room (contains links to full text)”