IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 630: Perceiving Angels in the Medieval West, II: Angelic Music

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:School of History, University of East Anglia
Organiser:Sophie Alexandra Sawicka-Sykes, School of History, University of East Anglia
Moderator/Chair:Gudrun Warren, Norwich Cathedral Library
Paper 630-aHermits and Angelic Song up to 1350
(Language: English)
Sophie Alexandra Sawicka-Sykes, School of History, University of East Anglia
Sophie Alexandra Sawicka-Sykes, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin, Music, Religious Life
Paper 630-bThe Hypothetical Song: Angels in Medieval Music Theory
(Language: English)
Tekla Bude, School of Writing, Literature & Film, Oregon State University
Tekla Bude, School of Writing, Literature & Film, Oregon State University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Music, Philosophy, Religious Life
Paper 630-cTeaching Music through Art: Reinterpreting Depictions of Musical Angels in Italian Devotional Images, c. 1500
(Language: English)
Serenella Sessini, Department of Music, University of Sheffield
Serenella Sessini, Department of Music, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Education, Lay Piety, Music
Abstract

While angels have long been considered musical creatures, few studies have thoroughly investigated the treatment of angelic song or instrumental performance as a religious and scientific phenomenon in medieval sources. This interdisciplinary panel considers a number of questions that vexed and stimulated thinkers from across medieval Christendom between late antiquity and the 16th century: how did angels sing? Who was able to perceive it? What was its pedagogic function? The three papers explore the perception of medieval music in settings as diverse as the wilderness, the university, and the household.