IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 820: Porous Borders: Music and Poetry in 14th-Century Polyphony

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Lucia Marchi, Department of Modern Languages DePaul University Chicago / Department of Music & Dance Northeastern Illinois University
Moderator/Chair:Daniel J. DiCenso, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
Paper 820-aEditing 14th-Century Polyphony: The Musical Side
(Language: English)
Lucia Marchi, Department of Modern Languages DePaul University Chicago / Department of Music & Dance Northeastern Illinois University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Music
Paper 820-bEditing 14th-Century Polyphony: The Textual Side
(Language: English)
Angelica Vomera, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici Università degli Studi di Torino / UFR Littérature Linguistique Didactique Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Italian, Music
Paper 820-cDating Landini's Ballatas for Alessandra
(Language: English)
Elena Abramov-van Rijk, Independent Scholar Jerusalem
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Music
Abstract

The text-music relationship in the later Middle Ages (marriage? divorce?) is still hotly debated. Even as the two sciences theoretically became more independent, their connection is evident in musical settings requiring a poetic text, be it courtly, comic, or moralistic. Two papers (Marchi and Vomera) focus on this relationship in editing an early 15th-century manuscript (Torino, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria, T.III.2). How does poetry help the musical editor to make appropriate decisions, and vice versa? A third (Abramov-van Rijk) tests such connections in a specific case. Dating the text of a ballata by Francesco Landini and analyzing its music leads to a reconsideration of the chronological evolution of the composer’s style.