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Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Music: Joseph Mason

November 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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“Sweetly Divided”: Analytical propositions and problems for the thirteenth-century jeu-parti

Speaker: Joseph Mason (University of Oxford)

Convener: Margaret Bent

Abstract: In thirteenth-century French debate songs, known as jeux-partis, poets frequently dwell on the divided nature of their songs. The poetry of a jeu-parti is divided by a dilemma question, which is debated by two trouvères. Division can also be seen in the tonal structure of jeu-parti melodies. This paper presents the findings of a systematic survey of normative melodic practice in the jeu-parti. Drawing on Hepokoski and Darcy’s influential concept of norms and deformations (2006) and debates on tonal norms in fourteenth-century song, I suggest what the tonal norms of the jeu-parti might have been. I also consider the problems of applying the model of norms and deformations to a corpus whose melodies can be agonistically and, on occasion, violently divided.

The speaker’s presentation is followed by a full hour of discussion during which wine is served.

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Date:
November 16, 2017
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Faculty of Music
Phone:
01865 271633
Email:
events@music.ox.ac.uk

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Wharton Room, All Souls College
All Souls College
Oxford, OX1 4AL
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01865 279379
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http://www.all-souls.ox.ac.uk/content/Visiting_the_College
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