Conference on Music, Myth, and Magic in the Late Medieval and Early Modern World

Gary Tomlinson, Yale University
Gary Tomlinson, Yale University
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Other Renaissance Programs
Thursday, February 21, 2002 to Sunday, February 24, 2002

Sponsored by the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, The Evelyn Dunbar Memorial Early Music Festival, the Northwestern University School of Music, and the Northwestern University Program in the Study of Imagination. The Evelyn Dunbar Memorial Early Music Festivals have been made possible through the generous support of Northwestern alumni Ruth Dunbar Davee and her late husband, Ken M. Davee, in memory of Ruth’s sister, Evelyn Dunbar, who was an enthusiastic participant in early music ensembles at the University.

Thursday, February 21, at the Newberry Library

Keynote Address

Hamlet and Poppea
Gary Tomlinson, University of Pennsylvania (now at Yale University)

Session I: Myths of female metamorphosis

Chair: David Buch, University of Northern Iowa (now emeritus)

Francesco Rasi’s opera Cibele ed Ati of 1616, and the Cybele legend from Ovid to the early Seicento
Susan Parisi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Re-sounding Chloris: Madalena Casu lana and the Myth of Flora and Flowers
Thomasin LaMay, Goucher College

Psyche and her Sisters, or, The “Viol” Women of the French Cantata
Rebekah Ahrendt, Royal Conservatory of Music, The Hague, Netherlands (now at Tufts University)

Friday. February 22, at the Newberry Library

Session II: Performing mythologies

Chair: Catherine Gordon-Seifert, Providence College

Narrating the Nation: Gender and Representation in Handel and Eccle’s Semele
Ken McLeod, McMaster University (now at University of Toronto)

From Cosmic Harmony to Olympian Heights: Dancing Deities and the Demise of Geometrically Ordered Dance in Court Ballet, 1651-1670
Rose Pruiksma, Bates College

Music, Musical Histories, Classical Mythology, the Inca Inheritance, and Political Catechism in Early Eighteenth-Century Lima
Louise Stein, University of Michigan

Session III: Visualization and Magic

Chair and comment: Mary Quinlan-McGrath, Northern lllinois University

Natural Magic, Automatic Music, and Birds in Francesco de’ Medici’s Pratolino
Suzanne Butters, University of Manchester

Rebuilding the Temple: Mystical Architecture and Learned Magic in Eighteenth-Century England
Paul Monad, Middlebury College

Session IV: Ritual Practice and Magic

Chair and comment: Richard Kieckhefer, Northwestern University

Our Familiar Spirits: Myths, Exorcism, and Exegesis in the Renaissance
Armando Maggi, University of Chicago

Music and Ritual for the Transubstantiation in Counter-Reformation Spain
Todd Borgerding, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Performing Sensory Paradoxes: Auditory Emblems, Visual Emblems, and the Emergence of the New Science
Dorit Tanay, Tel Aviv University and Raz Chen, Tel Aviv University (now at Bar-Ilan University)

Saturday, February 23, at Northwestern University

Session V: Narrative and Magic

Chair: Carla Zecher, The Newberry Library

The Magie of a Happy Ending and the Culture of Romance
Mickey Sweeney, University of Missouri-Rolla (now at Dominican University)

Iris and the Inquisition
Margaret Spires, Lane College

“Persuasions sounde”: Emblems of Orpheus in Early Modern England
Elena Calogero, Independent Scholar, Italy

Session VI: Theaters of Magic

Chair: Linda Austern, Northwestern University

Composer as Magus: Thomas Campion’s Compositional Healing Process
Susan Agrawal, Northwestern University

The Theater as Siren: Spectatorship and Perceptual Constraint in English Renaissance Drama
Zackariah Long, University of Virginia (now at Ohio Wesleyan University)

“Le destin de Medee est d’etre vagabonde”: The Operatic Sorceress in Early Modern France
Geoffrey Burgess, SUNY Stony Brook (now at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester)

Panel on Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Old and New Thinking on Dido and Aeneas: Issues of Text and Context

Chair: Carol Marsh, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (now emerita)

Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Syracuse University and the Folger Shakespeare Library
Robert Shay, Longy School of Music (now at University of Missouri-Columbia)
Andrew Walkling, SUNY Binghamton

Opera production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and The Fairy Queen

Presented by the Music Theater Program at Northwestern University

Sunday, February 24, at Northwestern University

Baroque Dance Workshop

Thomas Baird and Paige Whitley-Bauguess, East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop, Rutgers University

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