IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1506: Monophonic Song: Formal Aspects

Thursday 14 July 2005, 09.00-10.30

Moderator/Chair:Nils Holger Petersen, Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals, Københavns Universitet
Paper 1506-aNot 'wretyn in here book': The Musical Structure of Adam lay ibowndyn
(Language: English)
Rob Durk, 1509 Society
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Music
Paper 1506-bRefrain, Rondet, or Rondeau?: Music's Role in the Stylization of the Carole in Late 13th-Century France
(Language: English)
Matthew C. Steel, School of Music, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Music, Performance Art - Dance
Paper 1506-c'A Maner Song': Chaucer's Canzone in the Book of the Duchess
(Language: English)
Carl James Grindley, Department of English, Hostos College, City University of New York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Italian, Music
Paper 1506-d'Eripe me and Qui habitat': Roman and Frankish Approaches to the Good Friday Liturgy
(Language: English)
Emma C. Hornby, Department of English Studies, University of Durham / Goldsmith College, University of London
Index terms: Liturgy, Music

Session grouped by IMC Programming Committee:
Abstract Paper -a:
Drawing on recent studies of the structure of the poem “Adam lay ibowndyn”, this paper gives views of how corrupt the text is and how it should be reconstructed.
The paper demonstrates that probable reconstructions result in a rhythmic and rhyming structure only found in three other texts, all from the 13th century, one of which is the love song “Bryd on a breere”. The parallel structures of the four texts are compared and the theory posited that “Adam” is a musical contrafactum of “Bryd”.
If I’m feeling courageous there may also be a rendition…

Abstract Paper -b:
This study examines the relationship of refrains and their music with formal aspects of the 13th century French carole. The carole, a dance with music, was immensely popular in France especially among young girls. Caroles appeared as lyric insertions in contemporaneous literature, often as a single refrain. The same refrain frequently occurs in several different manuscripts, shared among different genres, and a significant number of these are set to music. Comparison of the poetic and musical structures within caroles and between those sharing the same borrowed refrain reveal fresh insights into the formal schemes of the developing rondeau form.

Abstract Paper -c:
Awaiting third paper