Session Title

Melody Networking: Discovering, Comparing, and Understanding Medieval Chant

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant

Organizer Name

Debra Lacoste

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Waterloo

Presider Name

James Borders

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Paper Title 1

Musicians of the Bayeux Tapestry and William's Elegy

Presenter 1 Name

Alma Santosuosso

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Wilfrid Laurier Univ.

Paper Title 2

Pitch Series, the Compositional Basis of Antiphons and Responsories

Presenter 2 Name

Terence Bailey

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Western Univ.

Paper Title 3

Sing Another New Song: Indexing Melodies in the Cantus Database

Presenter 3 Name

Debra Lacoste

Start Date

15-5-2016 8:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1010

Description

Several years ago, the Cantus Database added melodies as one of the possible criteria for searching and identifying chants in the medieval office. Recent interest in analyzing chant melodies and tracking their use has resulted in many different methods of encoding music, both digitally and otherwise. Our understanding of the way these melodies were conceived, retained, and perpetuated has grown enormously. This Cantus-sponsored session seeks to lay aside, momentarily, the importance of text, and explore instead the melodic identity of medieval chant, both within and outside the Gregorian tradition. Methodologies of chant analysis will be explored, and the various challenges of working with musical information drawn from medieval manuscripts will be exposed.

Debra S. Lacoste

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May 15th, 8:30 AM

Melody Networking: Discovering, Comparing, and Understanding Medieval Chant

Fetzer 1010

Several years ago, the Cantus Database added melodies as one of the possible criteria for searching and identifying chants in the medieval office. Recent interest in analyzing chant melodies and tracking their use has resulted in many different methods of encoding music, both digitally and otherwise. Our understanding of the way these melodies were conceived, retained, and perpetuated has grown enormously. This Cantus-sponsored session seeks to lay aside, momentarily, the importance of text, and explore instead the melodic identity of medieval chant, both within and outside the Gregorian tradition. Methodologies of chant analysis will be explored, and the various challenges of working with musical information drawn from medieval manuscripts will be exposed.

Debra S. Lacoste