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5th International Course on Medieval Music Performance // Medieval Languages for Performers: Introduction to Medieval Latin

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5th International Course on Medieval Music Performance // Medieval Languages for Performers: Introduction to Medieval Latin

Time: July 8, 2016 at 9am to July 9, 2016 at 12am
Location: Medieval city of Besalú
City/Town: Besalú (Catalonia, Spain)
Website or Map: http://www.medievalmusicbesal…
Event Type: course
Latest Activity: Oct 27, 2015

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Medieval Languages for Performers

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Dr. Valerie M. Wilhite

medieval scribe and person
 
The understanding of the various languages of the Western Middle Ages is crucial for anyone attempting to reconstruct the performance of medieval music. In verse form, the medieval languages emerged as the main shaping element in the configuration of the medieval song. At the same time prose language was used by medieval writers to record musical events and to communicate ideas about music composition, aesthetics, and performance.

 

 

Introduction to Medieval Latin

This course offers music students an introduction to Medieval Latin, the language of the Church and intellectual thought throughout Europe, the mother of Romance languages, and the language of the literary traditions that would serve as the model for the literature in vernacular languages.

During the course students will:

  • Study the grammatical construction of the language: treatment of nouns and pronouns with the case system, that is what most distinguishes it from the modern Romance Languages and English
  • Review basic features distinguishing the pronunciation of medieval Latin from Classical Latin and some distinctions between the pronunciations in different regions
  • Create a method to allow for quick sight translation as well as understanding the methodology behind more laborious practices of translation
  • Get acquainted with the sources useful to the study of Latin and its translation with special attention to those available online
  • Examine the transformation of the language during the Middle Ages and its ramification into the group of romance languages

 

As a final project students will produce a translation with commentary of brief passages from the Parisiana poetriaof Johannes de Garlandia (c. 1234), and De musicae of Johannes de Grocheio (end of 13th century), and a stanza of one of the songs from the Carmina Burana collection.

Languages: English and Spanish

Schedule:

http://www.medievalmusicbesalu.com/schedule-2016/#languages

More Info:

http://www.medievalmusicbesalu.com/medieval-languages-for-performers/

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