IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1305: Music and Emotions, III

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Nils Holger Petersen, Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals, Københavns Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Nils Holger Petersen, Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals, Københavns Universitet
Paper 1305-aDulcis Iesu memoria: Emotion, Theology, and Musical Rhetoric in a 12th-Century Cistercian Lyric
(Language: English)
Helen Deeming, Department of Music, University of Southampton
Index terms: Music
Paper 1305-bEmotion and Liturgy
(Language: English)
Nils Holger Petersen, Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals, Københavns Universitet
Abstract

Emotionality is a particularly challenging topic in medieval music history. Because music as a discipline had since antiquity formed part of the mathematical quadrivium (of the artes liberales), dicussions of proportions and the – abstract – idea of harmony remained the main musical topic for most theoreticians throughout the Middle Ages. The impact of music, however, was a recurring theme, and there was an uneasy relationship between music as the medium for the divine angelic praise, and the inherent seductive potential of music, which had already worried St Augustine around 400. The theme has been cautiously but casually dealt with by musicology. It remains difficult, partly because of the scarcity of sources addressing the topic, and partly because the topic is methodologically delicate. The Music and Emotions sessions will take up this theme through a number of individual topics.