List A: Vernacular Song

This page hosts links to all six Vernacular Song lectures for Finals in Music at Oxford.Richard from TrouvA

NOTE: As I couldn’t see why not, I thought I’d make these recordings publicly available (see the CC licence below), but please don’t think that these six podlectures represent the whole course that a student gets at Oxford for this topic! Lectures at Oxford (which is what these podlectures replace during pandemic restrictions) are recommended but optional, and are nowhere near as useful as the tutorials, which are both compulsory and are the USP and chief cost/benefit of the Oxford UG degree. In tutorials, students typically do c.11 hours of self-directed reading and writing for each hour of tutorial time and have to produce a 2000-word essay or a 15-minute presentation for each weekly session, on which they receive extensive personal feedback (often instant = the best kind!). There are typically three or four tutorials for this topic, which is one of six ‘Special Topics’ that form two papers out of the 8 taken for final-year exams. So, in short, these podlectures are a very introductory part of a much bigger pedagogical picture.

Podlecture 1: The Troubadours 1

Podlecture 2: The Troubadours 2

Podlecture 3: Trouvères

Podlecture 4: Die Minnesinger

Podlecture 5: Gender, singers, and society

Podlecture 6: Reception; modern performance

Additional resources for Cantigas, laude, and English medieval song.

Podcast from the TORCH website:

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13thC Vernacular Song Course by Prof. Elizabeth Eva Leach, FBA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.