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Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Music | Manon Louviot (Utrecht University)

November 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Dating polyphony, making history: the Douai fragment and its motet Ferre solet

Speaker:  Manon Louviot (Utrecht University)

Discussants: Michael Scott Cuthbert (MIT) and Jared C. Hartt (Oberlin College and Conservatory)

The late fourteenth-century Douai fragment is composed of four parchment folios and contains five polyphonic pieces copied in black full mensural notation. Among these pieces, only the three-voice motet Multipliciter amando has a concordance in the Chantilly manuscript (F-CH 564). The other four pieces, two incomplete motets, a three-voice Gloria, and a complete motet, were all previously unknown to modern scholars. The complete motet Ferre solet stands out in particular because its texts conceal the name of a hitherto unknown composer and a date of composition, transforming this modest fragment into a crucial witness for understanding fourteenth-century musical culture. After introducing the source and the distinctive aspects of each piece, I will therefore focus on Ferre solet by analysing how its unique textual features are intermingled with its musical composition to fulfil the religious function of the motet.

The seminars this year will be held on Zoom. We have seized the opportunity to bring together people in a way not geographically feasible, even in normal times. A larger online attendance will make our usual free-for-all discussion impossible; the format will consequently differ from the live seminars. Apart from the first one, in dialogue, individual presentations will be slightly shorter than usual, about half an hour, and followed by invited discussants who will engage the speaker in conversation about the paper before the floor is opened for comments and questions by others. Everyone who would like to attend a seminar in Michaelmas should register with the following form: Click here for form.

Please make sure to register at least a week in advance of the seminar you wish to attend. To help our planning, please only register if you plan to attend.

One week before each seminar, those who have registered will receive an email with the Zoom invitation, instructions for joining the call, and further materials for the seminar.


November 12, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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All Souls College
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