Medieval Song Lab at Yale: Catherine Bradley

Event Date: 
Fri, 2014-04-25


April 25 (53 Wall Street, room B04)
4:30   Singing from medieval notation
5:30   Discussion of a pre-circulated paper by Catherine Bradley (Stony Brook University) entitled "Why Choose and Unpopular Tenor: Combining Plainchant and Vernacular Song Techniques."

Medieval Songs for Easter

Here is a YouTube playlist of medieval music for Easter. (It's just that time of year.) I tried to pick the nicest recordings, and ones that seem actually to be medieval scores or arrangements but I don't claim expertise in this area - this is purely recreational.

Professor Karl Kügle, "Musical Eroticism in the 'Gruuthuse' Songs (and Beyond)"

Event Date: 
Tue, 2014-03-25

Professor Karl Kügle will speak on the Gruuthuse manuscript at Yale University today at 4:30pm. The lecture will be held in Stoeckel Hall at College and Wall Streets.

Form in Performance: Song at the English Institute by Tessie Prakas

This year’s English Institute opened with a paper by Ardis Butterfield entitled “Why Medieval Lyric?” This title, a nod to Jonathan Culler’s benchmark essay “Why Lyric?” (2008), was a fittingly ambitious response to the theme of the conference; the Institute brings together a group of established scholars on a yearly basis to address a specific, typically capacious topic, and this year’s was “form.” Butterfield’s large-stakes title, though, was also fully merited by the skilful and wide-ranging turns in her paper: in asking,

Matthew Thomson's blog on 'Cantum pulcriorem invenire: Music in Western Europe, 1150-1350

Matthew Thomson discusses the recent conference to emerge from the University of Southampton research project, Cantum pulcriorem invenire.
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Inaugural Lecture: Song, Silk and Romance: The Values of Medieval Music

Event date: Thurs, 24th October, 2013 Event time: 18:00-19:30 Location: Anatomy Lecture Theatre 6th Floor King's Building Strand Campus Webpage:

"Why Medieval Lyric?"

Event Date: 
Tue, 2013-08-13

Song Network founder Ardis Butterfield will speak at 2pm on Friday Sept 6 at The English Institute (Harvard, Sept 6-8). The topic for 2013 is Form. The title of the talk alludes to Jonathan Culler's 2008 PMLA essay 'Why Lyric?' She will be asking how the medieval lyric speaks to the new turn to form in contemporary critical discourse. For the full programme see

CFP: Performance of Women's Voices in Medieval Lyric: Theory and Evidence (May 8-11)

Performance of Women's Voices in Medieval Lyric: Theory and Evidence (May 8-11)
Session Sponsored by Medieval Studies Institute, Indiana University

Sounding out the past

Poet and blogger, Meirion Jordan, reflects on Leah Stuttard’s recent performance of ‘The Wool Merchant and the Harp,’ at Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival, 2013
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Polymerous Plainsong: Or, a coffee break for Foucault

 This post differs somewhat from my usual offering.  Rather than giving a decent review of the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society annual meeting, I will summarise the events of the day only briefly, referring those interested to the PMMS website for detailed abstracts of the papers.  Instead, I have decided to focus on a thought that was planted in my mind by chance at the meeting, and has si

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