IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1006: Cantum pulcriorem invenire: Medieval Conductus Music and Its Function

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Lena Wahlgren-Smith, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton
Moderator/Chair:William T. Flynn, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1006-aManuscript Culture, Material Culture and Music: The Conductus Porta salutis ave
(Language: English)
Eva Maschke, / University of Southampton
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Music
Paper 1006-bLutum, later et palea: Jews in the Polyphonic Conductus
(Language: English)
Gregorio Bevilacqua, 'Cantum pulcriorem invenire: 13th Century Music & Poetry' Project, University of Southampton / Department of Music, University of Southampton
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Music

The conductus is a 12th-13th century form of polyphonic vocal music composed for professional singers and often performed in a cathedral or university setting. The three papers of this session all explore the relationship between music, text, and the wider community. They focus, respectively, on a case study of one invididual conductus and its links to material culture (Maschke), on instances of external evidence for the relationship between lyrics and music (Wahlgren-Smith) and on anti-Jewish propagande and references to Judaism in conductus texts (Bevilacqua).