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:

In the office with new pal—
Adam de la Halle;
He’s been dead for rather long,
But doesn’t pong.

But actually, when Adam died is one of the matters of debate, as you’ll see in my review, in which I play devil’s advocate about the rationale for the current dating. There’s clearly much more to say about Adam’s music and poetry as this volume makes plain. This book is such an expensive volume that, as I am at an institution that has an electronic version, I will be passing my review copy on to an Early Career Researcher.

The journal Early Music has given me a link to share for free access to my review here:

Elizabeth Eva Leach, “Adam de la Halle and Arras”, review of Jennifer Saltzstein (ed.), Musical culture in the world of Adam de la Halle (Leiden: Brill, 2019),€210.

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?”

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”

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”

Performing jeux-partis with graindelavoix

This second year of my Leverhulme project will involve a workshop with performers designed to help me think about my unnotated manuscript in a more musical way. Continue reading “Performing jeux-partis with graindelavoix”

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”

The Philosopher’s Pony Play

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Image by VassilPersonal work, CC0

For all that he is The Philosopher in the later Middle Ages, the most striking iconographical depictions of Aristotle from the period are of him on all fours, being ridden by a woman. Continue reading “The Philosopher’s Pony Play”