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Review of Nordic Conference on Medieval Book Fragments

On 21 May, twenty-six delegates and researchers convened for three days in Stockholm for the Nordic Conference on Medieval Book Fragments, hosted by the Swedish National Archives.  The event aligned with several commemorative events:  first, the transformation of the Medeltida Pergamentomslag (MPO) database—a repository of nearly 23,000 medieval fragments in Sweden, about half of which contain music—into an online searchable format, a project several years in the making after the catalogue was initially complete

Review of the conference 'Guillaume de Machaut: Music, Image, Text in the Middle Ages'

Review of the conference 'Guillaume de Machaut: Music, Image, Text in the Middle Ages', University of Exeter, UK, 29-30 April 2013

Retelling the Prioress's Tale

When April arrived, with its not-so-sweet showers, I found myself sitting in a tavern at Southwark, surrounded by a motley crew of walkers in medieval dress. Sound familiar? Over the course of four days, this enthusiastic team led by literary walker, Henry Eliot, trod the paths of Chaucer’s pilgrims, telling the Canterbury Tales along a sixty-eight mile route. The opportunity arose for me to tell the Prioress’s Tale, and I seized the chance.

Review of the Orlando Consort at Wesleyan University’s Memorial Chapel

Program: Selections from Guillaume de Machaut’s Le Voir Dit, Dufay, Dunstaple, Gombert, Josquin des Prez, Ockeghem.

New Bibliographic Entry and Review

 For today’s post I had originally intended to review John Toy’s catalogue of liturgical material for English saints in medieval Scandinavian sources from the perspective of my own project on Scandinavian chant, but last week, after whimsically having come to the decision to read through Leo Treitler’s collection of essays, Reflections on Musical Meaning and its Representations, I felt compelled to review that instead and save the other entry for later.

A Burgeoning Bibliography, or, New Work in Medieval Song

Here at Medieval Song we've developed a bibliography of scholarship on medieval lyric and song. The most recent addition is a discussion of some of the essays in the 2011 University of Exeter book Citation, Intertextuality and Memory in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Volume One, Text, Music and Image from Machaut to Ariosto. We'd like to continue building the bibliography by crowdsourcing it.

MSN website moves to new host

The MSN website has moved to a new host server at Royal Holloway, University of London. Users should experience no changes to the way they access or use the site but as always please let us know if you encounter any bugs. We are grateful to the IT staff at Royal Holloway for taking over the hosting of our site.
 

Music, mud…and manuscripts? Medieval contributions to the 2012 Fanø Free Folk Festival

The quiet Danish island of Fanø is not, perhaps, the first place that springs to mind as a venue for a smörgåsbord of experimental music. Yet Fanø certainly out-hipped Soho during the 27th to the 29th of July, when it played host to the Fanø Free Folk Festival. The event is in its third year of showcasing performers who dare to experiment with the traditional.

New blog post: Review of Medieval Oral Literature, ed. Karl Reichl

Emma Gorst, Kate Maxwell and Sophie Sawicka-Sykes review the weighty tome, Medieval Oral Literature (Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, c2012; 743 pp.), offering a close reading of chapters on lyric and romance narrative forms. 
 

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