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.

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”

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!

 

Performance workshop 3: JP30

A third post from the performance workshop with graindelavoix, sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust and held at St Hugh’s College, Oxford in March 2017. Continue reading “Performance workshop 3: JP30”

Performance Workshop 2: JP4

A second post from the performance workshop with graindelavoix, sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust and held at St Hugh’s College, Oxford in March 2017. Continue reading “Performance Workshop 2: JP4”

Performance Workshop 1: JP27a

A first post from the performance workshop with graindelavoix, sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust and held at St Hugh’s College, Oxford in March 2017. Continue reading “Performance Workshop 1: JP27a”

The source materials for large medieval chansonniers

How were large collections of lyric poetry (with or without music) assembled?
Continue reading “The source materials for large medieval chansonniers”

One of Douce 308’s grands chants

At the end of the first full week of my project, I offer a working edition of one of Douce 308’s unique songs in the grand chant section. Continue reading “One of Douce 308’s grands chants”

Douce 308 complete images now online!

Dead peacock
Porrus kills Fezonas’s peacock in the first item in Douce 308, The Vows of the Peacock. Image, Bodleian Library.

The first thing promised as part of my Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship is now done.

The complete images of the manuscript Oxford, Bodleian Library, Douce 308 are now online. The photography is funded by part of the Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship that I was awarded for 2015-18 specifically to write a book on this source and what it might tell us about the culture(s) of vernacular song in the few decades either side of 1300. (Some viewers may find it easier to use this alternative link to view the images.)

Many thanks to the Bodleian Library for their great efficiency in getting this done in time for the project start date (1 Oct 2015), which will mean I can get going straight away. I was interested to be asked whether I actually wanted to withhold the open-access web-mounting of the images until after I’d written my book. While I’m glad they asked, I think anyone’s going to ‘beat me’ to saying exactly what I would say about it, and my general view is the more the merrier on people using these images and finding things to say about this wonderful and complex source. I certainly won’t exhaust it!

I’m looking forward to blogging bits and pieces of interesting stuff as I go along.

New Book: Manuscripts and Medieval Song

Deeming Leach coverCopies of my new co-edited book now received! Continue reading “New Book: Manuscripts and Medieval Song”