IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 726: Music and Emotions, I

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

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 726-aEmotion and Meaning in Medieval Gotland: Shifting Correspondences between Wall Paintings and the Sequence Repertory
(Language: English)
Margot Fassler, Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University
Paper 726-bPlaisir et beauté dans la réception musicale universitaire au 13ème siècle: L'example de Jean de Garlande (De mensurabili musica)
(Language: Français)
Guillaume Gross, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers
Paper 726-cLiturgical Polyphonic Practices in the Middle Ages: Circulation and Cultural Transfers in Europe
(Language: English)
Séverine Grassin-Guermouche, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers
Index terms: Liturgy, Music
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.