IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1211: Composing and Writing Polyphonic Music in Medieval Italy

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Organiser:Oliver Huck, Philosophische Fakultät, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena
Moderator/Chair:Elske Herrmann, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Paper 1211-aProcesses of Writing in an 'Oral' Tradition: Corrections in the Polyphonic Compositions from the Patriarchy of Aquileia
(Language: English)
Alba Scotti, Nachwuchsgruppe 'Die Musik des frühen Trecento', Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena
Index terms: Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Music
Paper 1211-bArs and Usus in the Trecento Madrigal
(Language: English)
Oliver Huck, Philosophische Fakultät, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Music
Paper 1211-cFrancesco Landini: The Blind Composer and his Scribes
(Language: English)
Julia Gehring, Nachwuchsgruppe 'Die Musik des frühen Trecento', Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Music
Abstract

In contrast to music of the so-called French ‘ars antiqua’ and ‘ars nova’, the sources of medieval Italian polyphony have been regarded less as products of artificial composition but rather as glimpses of an unwritten tradition of ad hoc-practices. Revisiting the scribal process in the manuscripts and relating the so-called ‘polifonia primitiva’, the earliest madrigals and the music of the blind organist Francesco Landini to the theoretical framework of the ‘teoria di gardo’, an intricate relation between composition and notation in these Italian repertories will be found, too.