Conference on Music and Narrative in Medieval Romance

Robert Eisenstein, The Folger Consort
Robert Eisenstein, The Folger Consort
The Poetics of Lyric Insertions
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Other Renaissance Programs
Friday, October 4, 1991 to Saturday, October 5, 1991

The romances with lyric insertions that first appeared in early thirteenth-century France immediately achieved widespread popularity. This interdisciplinary conference investigated conceptions governing their production and reception. Performances by the Newberry Consort and the Folger Consort focused discussion on the aesthetics of the lyric insertion and on the role of music in narrative design.

Sponsored by Mount Holyoke College, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago; and organized by Margaret Switten, Mount Holyoke College (now emerita); Sylvia Huot, Northern Illinois University (now at University of Cambridge); and Jody Enders, University of Illinois at Chicago (now at University of California, Santa Barbara).

Friday, October 4

Session 1

Chair: Peggy McCracken, The Newberry Library (now at the University of Michigan)

“ … ou il a fet noter bisua chans”: Lyric Insertions in Jean Renart’s Roman de la Rose

Maureen Boulton, University of Notre Dame

Le suspens et la chute: Fragmentation et enchaînement des insertions lyriques dans le Roman de la Rose (Guillaume de Dole) et le Roman de la Violette

Michel Zink, Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne

Session 2

Chair: Jody Enders, University of Illinois at Chicago (now at University of California, Santa Barbara)

Old Occitan as a Lyric Language

William Paden, Northwestern University (now emeritus)

Cantus levis et velox: An Examination of Carole Refrain Melodies in Adam de la Halle’s Jeu de Robin et de Marion

Matthew Steel, Western Michigan University

Concert

The Romance of the Rose or of Guillaume de Dole

The Folger Consort

Saturday, October 5

Session 3

Chair: Sylvia Huot, Northern Illinois University (now at University of Cambridge)

The Grammar of Performance in the Prose Reworkings of Romances with Lyric Interpolations

Christopher Callahan, Illinois Wesleyan University

The Insertion and Composition of Refrains in the Thirteenth-Century Motet

Mark Everist, King’s College, London (now at University of Southampton)

Session 4

Chair: Peter Dembowski, University of Chicago

Genre in Fourteenth-Century French Chansons Set to Music: The Contexts of the Lyric Insertions

Lawrence Earp, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Amour du chant et devoration dans Ie Voir Dit de Guillaume de Machaut: Ie statut de l’insertion lyrique

Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, University of Geneva (now at Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne)

Session 5

Chair: Steven Taylor, Marquette University

The Role of Lyrics in the Narrative Structure of the Prose Tristan

Elspeth Kennedy, Saint Hilda’s College, University of Oxford

Session 6: Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Margaret Switten, Mount Holyoke College (now emerita)

Robert Eisenstein, The Folger Consort
Jody Enders, University of Illinois at Chicago (now at University of California, Santa Barbara)
Sylvia Huot, Northern Illinois University (now at University of Cambridge)
Susan Miller
Mary Springfels, The Newberry Consort

Concert

Tristan

The Newberry Consort, directed by Mary Springfels

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