Anne Robertson, musicologist, University of Chicago

Venue: Cook Recital Hall, Music Building

2017 Hollander Distinguished Lecture in Musicology

Lecture: Beads, Books, Coins and Rituals: Josquin’s Music and Material Culture of the Late Middle Ages

Private devotion and religious practice more generally are often closely associated with material culture in the fifteenth century. Strands of rosaries, images of Jesus’ face, prayer books, and other sacred items proliferate during this period, as do new rituals and music in honor of the Virgin Mary, Jesus, and the saints. Holy objects not only parallel late medieval liturgies and music, they sometimes serve as intermediaries between music and the sacred texts it sets, highlighting the powerful connections between the two. Examining several examples of late medieval music and the material culture that surrounded them, with special focus on Josquin des Prez’s famous Ave Maria.…virgo serena, we will witness ways in which objects and music complement and enhance one another in the late middle ages.

Sponsored by the Stanley and Selma Hollander Endowed Fund in Musicology. 

This is a free event.

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