CHMTL announces new Lecture Series starting November 2013

In celebration of our 15th anniversary, we are pleased to announce the establishment of an annual interdisciplinary lecture series, Musica est ars sive scientia.

Since 1998, CHMTL has not only produced digital and print texts and resources to support the study of the history of music theory but also sponsored events for scholars to discuss these ideas. CHMTL also aims to foster the study of music theory in its interdisciplinary context: music’s role in social, religious, educational, and scientific thought from Late Antiquity to the early modern period. As we move into our next stage of development, with this lecture series we wish to encourage collaboration among scholars from multiple schools and departments within Indiana University interested in exploring the relationship of music to the liberal arts and sciences. Each year, CHMTL intends to invite a guest speaker to give two public lectures aimed at interesting scholars of both music and other disciplines and the general public as well.

Continuing last year’s collaboration with the Medieval Studies Institute, we are pleased to offer as inaugural lectures two talks by the renowned medievalist and musicologist Jan Herlinger, who will speak on the lives, works, and legacy of two important musical figures from late-medieval Italy: Marchetto of Padua and Prosdocimo de’ Beldomandi.

Please join us on Monday, November 18, 2013, at 5:00 pm in the Lilly Library for “Marchetto and Prosdocimo: A Musician and an Astronomer on Music in Medieval Padua,” and on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 4:45 pm in Ford-Crawford Hall (Jacobs School of Music) for “Marchetto of Padua: The Legacy of a Fourteenth-Century Musician and Theorist.”

All welcome. Refreshments will follow the talks. In order to prepare for these receptions we ask that you please fill out the small form available here if you are planning to attend.

Jan Herlinger is Derryl and Helen Haymon Professor of Music, emeritus, at Louisiana State University and an Adjunct Researcher at the University of Alabama School of Music. Professor Herlinger has edited, translated, and written widely on medieval music theory; he has contributed to the New Grove Dictionary of Music, the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia, the New Oxford History of Music, and the Cambridge History of Western Music Theory; and to the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Acta Musicologica, and Music Theory Spectrum He served as Secretary of the American Musicological Society, 1996–2001, and, from its beginning, as a member of the Board of the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum, a project hosted by CHMTL.

Special thanks to the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study for their support and the Lilly Library for hosting our inaugural lecture.

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Marchetto and Prosdocimo: A Musician and an Astronomer on Music in Medieval Padua
Monday 18 November 2013 Lilly Library, 5:00 pm

Marchetto was a choirmaster in Padua in the early 14th century; Prosdocimo de Beldemandis an astronomer, physician, and professor of arts and medicine at the university in that city in the early 15th century. Both wrote extensively on music, covering many of the same topics (Prosdocimo wrote on arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy as well). Their music treatises are well known among students of medieval music and deemed essential for its understanding; but their experiences of music, their views of it, and their attitudes toward it were very different. The talk traces their differences—even conflicts—of opinion, and will include images of medieval manuscripts and audio clips of pieces each writer would have known.


Marchetto of Padua: The Legacy of a 14th-Century Musician and Theorist
Wednesday 20 November 2013 School of Music, Ford-Crawford Hall, 4:45 pm

The two major music treatises of Marchetto of Padua (fl. 1305–19) were pioneering in their treatment of rhythmic notation and highly innovative in their treatments of chromaticism, tuning, and mode. They were widely copied into late-medieval manuscripts, and ideas traceable to Marchetto pepper 15th-century Italian writings on music. His influence faded after 1500, when print replaced manuscript as the primary medium of dissemination. The talk traces the recovery of his theory from 1740 to the present, with particular focus on the roles of 18th- and 19th-century writers, including Charles Burney and Hugo Riemann. It will be illustrated with images of medieval manuscripts and documents from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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About Giuliano Di Bacco

Director, Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature

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