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Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Music: Giovanni Varelli

December 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free

Giovanni Varelli (Magdalen College) Mapping Notational Dialects of Early Medieval Italy: Current Challenges and Future Prospectives

About the Series:

Convened by Margaret Bent, the long-established series invites younger and established international scholars to share new ideas and discoveries across a wide historical range. The presentation is followed by an extensive period of questions and discussion, with wine.

Abstract:

In his Annales Ecclesiastici (1588), the Renaissance cardinal and historian Cesare Baronio (1538–1607) defined the tenth century as Italy’s saeculum obscurum. Yet, surviving music manuscripts and fragments clearly show an utter burgeoning of different notational ‘dialects’ with an impressive array of musico-graphic creativity, stemming from complex institutional and ecclesiastical networks, and reflecting the highly unstable and fragmented political situation in Italy after the dissolution of the Carolingian Empire. The paper will explore the intricate topography of the earliest music scripts in the Italic peninsula (ca. 900-1050) and will present a close-up of specific graphic strategies for the visualisation of liturgical chant, exposing also their intersections with other material manifestations of written musical media at the turn of the first millennium.

Details

Date:
December 5
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Venue

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

Organizer

Faculty of Music
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01865 (2)76133
Email:
events@music.ox.ac.uk
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www.music.ox.ac.uk/events/
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