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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 346: Music, Borders, and Exchange

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:William T. Flynn, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 346-aIntertextuality and Intermelodicity in 13th-Century Music: Crossing Repertoires and Re-Evaluating Networks
(Language: English)
Anne Ibos-Augé, Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Latin, Music
Paper 346-b'Arras into a Scottish Pub': Borders of Language, Nation, and Genre in a 13th-Century French Motet
(Language: English)
Eleanor Price, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Liturgy, Music
Paper 346-cWhen Charlemagne Meets Karalman: Reading Karalman Charitam as a Transcultural Hybrid
(Language: English)
Jemsy Claries Alex, Department of Comparative Literature & Translation Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Performance Arts - Drama

Paper -a:
Intertextuality is nothing but a topos during the Middle Ages. Some authors refer to their model, some do not, like Jean de Malkraume, quoting an extract of the Roman de Troie in his Bible as if it was part of his own text. This very interesting question happens to exist also when dealing with musical compositional practices. All corpuses are concerned and, moreover, we can observe large interactions between repertoires, genres, and aesthetics, including monophony and polyphony, religious and profane… This paper will attempt, focusing on some precise examples taken in motets, conducti, and courtly songs, to consider the various musical and poetic (sub)networks which emerge within these multiple corpuses.

Paper -b:
The13th-century Franco-Picard motet Hare, hare, hie! / Balaan! / Balaam foregrounds several types of borders. Through its unusual tenor commonly associated with the Sarum missal, and the motetus depiction of an encounter with Englishmen in an Arras pub, the piece is colored by brushes against national, linguistic, and generic boundaries. I explore this motet through a filter of border studies, coupled with linguistic analysis that reveals a network of relationships between motets and monophonic song (Thomson 2022) signifying group identity in a way not unlike medieval conceptions of Occitan songbooks (Zingesser 2020).

Paper -c:
The paper hopes to present an Indian counterpart to the European icon, Charlemagne, by taking a closer look at the handwritten scripts of the play Karalman Charitam, performed along the coastal towns of Kerala through a musical dance drama, Chavittu Natakam. The paper attempts to look at the reception of Charlemagne, his stories in a foreign space, and his becoming of Karalman, the Christian folk hero of the shores. It aims to understand the relationships made when narratives migrate and circulate to new worlds and different cultural contexts and explore the worlds created by these transnational circulations.