IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 353: Saving and Transforming Sound Memories: Motivations, Strategies, Techniques

Monday 2 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:HERA Project 'Sound Memories - Uses of the Past'
Organiser:David Eben, Institute of Musicology, Univerzita Karlova, Praha
Moderator/Chair:Susan Rankin, Faculty of Music, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Paper 353-aSame Songs, Different Opportunities: How Performance Affects Musical Forms
(Language: English)
Jan Ciglbauer, Institute of Musicology, Univerzita Karlova, Praha
Index terms: Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Music
Paper 353-bPreserving Sound Memories in Central Europe: The Polyphonic Song Martir Christi insignitus
(Language: English)
Antonio Chemotti, Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa
Index terms: Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Music
Paper 353-cRe-Fashioning a Repertory: Experimentation and Re-Use in the Musical Culture of 13th-Century Paris
(Language: English)
Adam Mathias, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Music
Abstract

What mechanisms were available to musicians and scribes who sought to preserve popular compositions – or particular musical characteristics of compositions – once they became outdated or their performance context changed? What were the motivations for altering or transforming these pieces? How do different polyphonic settings of an older melody reveal different approaches to a musical past?

These kinds of questions form a focus of the HERA Project: ‘Sound Memories – Uses of the Past.’ In this workshop we would like to investigate some of these issues through three specific types of musical material: various realisations of 13th-century clausulae; a monophonic song of French origin and its different transformations in central European sources; different polyphonic settings of a late medieval song. Live performance within this workshop will enable direct comparison between different musical settings and provide a unique opportunity to assess these changes and to explore their sonic implications.