Session Title

Sensory Experiences of Thomas Aquinas's Saintly Presence in Dominican Liturgy I (A Performance)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Touching, Tasting, Hearing, Seeing and Smelling : Sensory Experiences in the Feasts of St Thomas Aquinas (KONE Foundation); Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Organizer Name

Marika Räsänen

Organizer Affiliation

Turun Yliopisto

Presider Name

Marika Räsänen

Paper Title 1

Felix Thomas Lumen Mundi (Medieval Chants for the Feasts of Thomas Aquinas)

Presenter 1 Name

Johanna Korhonen; Hilkka-Liisa Vuori

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Vox Silentii; Vox Silentii

Start Date

10-5-2018 7:30 PM

Session Location

Valley 3 Stinson Lounge

Description

In Thomas’s liturgical Offices, which are proposed to be at the centre of the concert, the presence of Thomas can be sensed by ears, and through such feelings as darkness and deepness, doubts, and joy. The participants are invited to explore how the liturgical melodies and texts were in the core of experiencing the presence of the saint. The performance would like to elaborate the discussion on mode of a chant and the metrical structure as the key elements to interpret the sensual or emotional meanings the melodies and the texts conveyed in the Dominican church spaces.

Vox Silentii uses early medieval scales, called modes, whose tuning is natural. This tuning system, differing from the contemporary equal tempered tuning, is based on natural harmonic series. The singing technique employed by the ensemble allows the overtones to be heard and distinguished: The listener may perceive the overtones as faint flute-like sounds among the melody tones.

Marika Räsänen

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May 10th, 7:30 PM

Sensory Experiences of Thomas Aquinas's Saintly Presence in Dominican Liturgy I (A Performance)

Valley 3 Stinson Lounge

In Thomas’s liturgical Offices, which are proposed to be at the centre of the concert, the presence of Thomas can be sensed by ears, and through such feelings as darkness and deepness, doubts, and joy. The participants are invited to explore how the liturgical melodies and texts were in the core of experiencing the presence of the saint. The performance would like to elaborate the discussion on mode of a chant and the metrical structure as the key elements to interpret the sensual or emotional meanings the melodies and the texts conveyed in the Dominican church spaces.

Vox Silentii uses early medieval scales, called modes, whose tuning is natural. This tuning system, differing from the contemporary equal tempered tuning, is based on natural harmonic series. The singing technique employed by the ensemble allows the overtones to be heard and distinguished: The listener may perceive the overtones as faint flute-like sounds among the melody tones.

Marika Räsänen