Music in the fourteenth century: a short general overview (contains link to full text)

My chapter on the fourteenth century from the Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music, edited by Mark Everist has now been published by Cambridge University Press. Continue reading “Music in the fourteenth century: a short general overview (contains link to full text)”

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)”