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Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference 2020

Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference 2020

The website of the Edinburgh Medieval and Renaissance Music conference.


Programme Wednesday 01/07

Papers released Wednesday 01/07(no live Q&A)

Programme Thursday 02/07

Programme Friday 03/07

Programme Saturday 04/07

To access virtual MedRen, go to and use the hyperlinks to navigate through each day of the conference.


Programme Wednesday 01/07:

Papers released Wednesday 01/07 (no live Q&A):Programme Thursday 02/07:Programme Friday 03/07:

Programme Saturday 04/07:

Welcome (recorded)
9:00: Release of all presentations
Note that the sessions on 01/07 do not have live Q&A’s
Virtual Meet & Greet
Prof. Laurie Stras: What does it mean when a woman sings?
17.00-18.00: Keynote watch party
18.00-18.30: Live Q&A
Virtual Concert – Musica Secreta: Darkness Into Light
Virtual Reception I
Knowing and Hearing Kévin Roger

Astronomical Knowledge in Fourteenth Century Motets: The Example of Febus mundo oriens

Mikhail Lopatin

Cognitive and auditory alterations in Vincenzo da Rimini’s caccia «In forma quasi»?

Sources, Notations, Melodies Karina Zybina

Lost, found & lost again: Revealing material traces of Johannes Zwicks’ Konstanzer Gesangbuch (1538)

Eva Veselovská


Nina-Maria Wanek

The Melodies of the Missa Graeca-Chants

Music in Early Modern England I Joseph Ortiz

Singing Jane Shore: Music and Propaganda in Richard Legge’s Richardus Tertius

Ross Duffin

The Gude and Godlie Ballatis Noted / Tunes and Contrafacts in Early Modern Britain

Joseph Sargent

The Anthems of George Marson

Edition Issues Robert J Mitchell

Trent 89: beyond the edition

Alessandro de Lillo

Supplementum ad Graduale Romanum

Music in and Around the City James V. Maiello

Ecclesiastical Power, Civic Authority: Reconstructing the Feast of St. James the Greater at Pistoia

Jan Ciglbauer

Latin songs from the Prague University around 1400 and their renaissance

Hana Studeničová

Musical duties of the City Trumpeter ca. 1550–1620: parallels between Moravia, Bratislava and Vienna

Constructions Fernando Luiz Cardoso Pereira

Cadential refunctionalization over Binchois’ temor Comme femme desconfortée: New observations on the double cantus firmus technique in Ghiselin’s Inviolata, integra et casta es, Maria

Ed Emery

Proposal for new research methodologies concerning the transmission of musical and lyric forms from medieval al-Andalus into Early Europe

Georgian Music Ekaterine Oniani

List of Musical Symbols According to the 10th/11thC Georgian Neumatic Codices

Kathuna Managadze Educational Institution in the Medieval Georgia. The Function of a Music as a Subject Eka Chabashvili

Medieval and Renaissance musical, literature, architecture, fresco and icon artworks dedicated to the Georgian Female Saints

Tamar Chkheidze Mnemonic
Formulas –as the Main Organizer of the Mode System in Georgian Chanting Tradition
Instruments and Performance Melanie Shaffer

“Convincingly Sung: the influence of delivery instructions from the Rhetorica ad Herennium on conducti and motets from the ‘St. Victor’ manuscript”

Session 1 Music for the Dead in the Early Modern Period Esperanza Rodríguez-Garcia Ascensión Mazuela-Anguita

Music to reach heaven: sixteenth-century Barcelonan convents in urban life

Sanna Raninen

“In dust and sand and dark soil” – Funeral Songs in Swedish Prints and Manuscripts from the Early Seventeenth Century”

Andrea Puentes-Blanco

Music and Liturgical Practices of Funerary Rituals in Counter-Reformation Barcelona

Session 2 Varia Christian Leitmeir Tim Daly

Contrapuntal Direction as a Diagnostic Tool in the Early L’Homme Armé Mass

Veronika Giglberger And Bernhard Lutz

Exploring Watermarks in 16th Century Bavarian Music Manuscripts

Session 3 Scribes and their Habits Mark Everist Lenka Hlávková

An inconspicuous relative of the Speciálník Codex. On Dating and Structure of the Manuscript CZ-Pu VI C 20a
Andrew Woolley

Scribal creativity and performance practice in the instrumentally conceived four-part music in P-Cug, MM 242 and MM 48

Paul Kolb

Composers, Scribes, and Notational Agency

Session 4 Unknowns Lisa Colton Riccardo Pintus

New Light On Some Doubtful Attributions In Palestrina’s Pro Defunctis Repertory

Fañch Thoraval

The lute, the sonnet and the making of a chanson in the late 16th century: about an unidentified setting of the Amours de Francine in the tablature books of Charles de Croÿ

Matthew Gouldstone

Alessandro Sfoi: An introduction to a lost composer

Session 5 Current Questions Katie Bank Martina Montanari &

Wolfgang Fuhrmann

(Only Wolfgang for Q&A)

“Arab problem and Musical Practice in the Middle Ages” (1933): An unknown contribution to music historiography by Edwin von der Nüll

David Allinson

‘Belonging without believing’: contemporary singers’ encounters with Renaissance polyphony

Lark McIvor

A Question of Symbolism: Should Notational and Transcription Methods of Neumatic Music be Revised?

Session 6 Hymns, Psalms, Songs Lenka Hlávková Antonio Chemotti

From Silesia to Pennsylvania: interdenominational circulation of vernacular hymns

Timothy Duguid

‘Rangy’ Psalm Tunes? Singing Scottish Psalms in the Early Modern Period

Barbara Dietlinger

Fathoming a New Reality in Song – the Birth of the Dutch Republic

Session 7 Music and Politics Tim Shephard and Vincenzo Borghetti Tim Shephard

Introduction: Harmony, Virtue and Display

Helen Coffey

Imagery and Instrumental Music at the Court of Maximilian I

Vincenzo Borghetti

The Arrival of a Queen and the Departure of a Prince: Music for Maria de’ Medici and Heinrich Posthumus Reuss

Break Musicology Yoga with Samantha Bassler
Session 8 13th C Songs and Voices Brianne Dolce Nicholas Bleisch

Self-Contrafaction in Paris and Arras: Trouvère melodies made for multiple lyrics

Henry Drummond

Putting Faith in a Song: The Cantigas de Santa Maria and States of Play

Anne Levitsky

“La rana e.l rossinhols: Interactions between Human and Animal Voices in Troubadour Song”

Session 9 The ‘Other’ in Music Samantha Bassler Joseph W. Mason

Sound, song and violence in thirteenth-century crusades

Alessandra Ignesti

Aspice Domine, quia facta est desolata civitas. Intertextuality as a Means of Worship Under the Turkish Menace

Session 10 Towards a Prosopography of Early Scottish Musicians n/a James Cook Ralph Corrigan Gillian Gower Adam Whittaker
20.00-22:30 Virtual Reception II
10.00-11.30 Virtual Reception III
Session 11 Early Theory Adam Whittaker Kaho Inoue

Unnamed Semibreves in Pre-Franconian Theory: ‘Opposita proprietas’ and Reduction to a Three-Note Ligature

Federico Zavanelli

De Semibrevibus: An insight on the early theory of the Italian divisiones

Giacomo Ferraris

“Marchettan” divisiones in practice? A new look at some compositions from the Rossi codex

Session 12


Dance Lenka Hlávková Laura Hellsten

Dancing with God?

Moritz Kelber

The Senses of Early Modern Dance

Session 13 Performance/Performing Noel O’Regan Livio Ticli

Towards the “Integrated Performance”: The Thorny Relationship between Polyphony and Monody

Philippa Ovenden

Singing the notationally complex songs of Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria, MS J.II.9

Stacey Jocoy

“These External Manners of Lament,” or, King Lear’s Missing Mad Song

Session 14 Musical Languge, from the 13-16th Centuries Henry Drummond Joshua Stutter

The notational evidence of W1 as an artefact of an oral culture of Notre Dame polyphony at St Andrewse

Eleanor Chan

‘Sweet’ and ‘Spic[y]’ Music in Sixteenth Century Britain

Session 15 Music and Culture in Renaissance Nuremberg I Elisabeth Giselbrecht Frauke Jürgensen

Chez Schedel: Eurovision 1466

Helen Coffey

Exploring the Career of Hans Neuschel of Nuremberg: Instruments and Instrumental Music in the Holy Roman Empire c. 1500

Susan Forscher Weiss

Revisiting Louise Cuyler’s Emperor Maximilian I and Music c. 1973

Session 16 Music in Early Modern England II Anne Heminger Katherine Butler

The Role of Rounds and Catches in Sixteenth-Century English Society

Nicholas Smolenski

Propagandistic Sensory Rhetoric of Charles I, 1647–49

Samantha Bassler

Feminine Voice, Sound, and Disability in Elizabeth Tanfield Cary’s The Tragedie of Mariam (1613) and Mary Sidney Herbert’s The Tragedie of Antonie (1592)

15.30-16.00 Break
Session 17 Music and Culture in Renaissance Nuremberg II Helen Coffey Sonja Tröster

Humanism, Music and Lighthearted Drinking Sessions — Wilhelm Breitengraser in Nuremberg

Susan Jackson

Buchtrucker(in) –Women and the (Music) Book Trades in 16th-century Nuremberg

Elisabeth Giselbrecht

Music as pedagogical tool

Session 18 Iberian Chant Marianne C.E. Gillion David Andrés Fernández

Renovating processional practices around 1500 in the Iberian World: the case of the chant at the two cathedral chapters of Zaragoza

Santiago Ruiz Torres

The liturgy of the saints in Roman sources from the monastery of San Juan de la Peña (12th to 15th centuries) | La liturgia de los santos en las fuentes de rito romano del monasterio de San Juan de la Peña (siglos XII al XV)

Session 19 Facets of the Fifteenth Century Jeannette D. Jones Giacomo Pirani

On A Fifteenth-Century Italian Compilation Of Music Theory Again: New Light On And Old Issues About Bruxelles, Bibliothèque Royale, Ii 785

Adam Knight Gilbert

Ockeghem the Mathematician: Decoding Presque transi

Jennifer Thomas

Remembering, Reading, and Retelling: Bending Genre in the In pace in idipsum Complex

Session 20 Chant Andy Bull Haig Utidjian

“Imploring the Spirit with tearful sighs from the depths of our souls”: a confluence of music, theology and iconography within the Armenian Divine Liturgy

Catherine Saucier

From Ephesus to ‘s-Hertogenbosch: Manna and the Mystery of Non-Death in Chants for the Dormition of St John the Evangelist

Veronika Garajová

Processing System Of Medieval Notated Manuscripts In Slovakia – Medieval Notated Fragments As A Phenomenon Of Trans-Regional Connections

20.00-21.15 Virtual Concert: Binchois Consort Virtual CD Launch Watch Party
Session 21 Spaces and Places Magnus Williamson Noel O’Regan

From private meeting room to public auditorium:  the development of the Roman confraternity oratory as a musical performing space during the sixteenth century.

Roberta Vidic

Counterpoint ‘Localisation’: Vestiva i colli in Rom and Munich

Andrew Kirkman & James Cook

Hypothetical (Historical) and Virtual (Modern) Performance: some Implications of the Linlithgow Chapel VR Project

Session 22 The Life of Books Barbara Eichner Sarah Oliver

Clerks and Chaplains: Christus Vincit in the court of Henry III

Ellen Hünigen

The Office for St Catherine in a Notated Breviary of the Late 13th Century

Lisa Colton

Owners, Scribes, and Users of a Fifteenth-Century English Missal (London, British Library, Additional 25588)

Session 23 From Improvisation to Reconstruction Paul Kolb Paul Newton-Jackson

How to make a ten-voice mass in sixteenth-century Scotland: Robert Carver’s Dum sacrum mysteriumat the intersection of composition and improvisation

Eric Thomas

Ricercari comunemente sono appellati si fatti suoni licentiosi: Improvisational techniques in the Italian Lute recercare and fantasia, 1507-153?

Carmella Barbaro

The Horace motets, two incomplete sets of motets from RCM2037

Session 24


Instruments and Voices Nicholas Bleisch Kiichi Suganuma

Between Voice and Instrument: Girolamo Dalla Casa’s Diminution Technique Focusing on His Il secondo libro de madrigali (1590)

Ian Harrison

Zorzi Trombetta da Modon: Wind Players Learn to read Music

Amedeo Fera and Vincenzo Piazzetta

Martoretta’s lyre: tracing the roots of a mediterranean instrument

Session 25


Josquin and Co. Thomas Schmidt Jeannette D. Jones

At the Fountain with Okeghem: Josquin’s Nymphes des bois and the Poets

Brett Kostrzewski

A New Date for an Important Josquin Manuscript: Watermark Evidence in Cambrai Ms. 18

Benjamin Ory

The Imitation Generation

Rachel Carpentier

Philippe Rogier and the soggetto cavato mass tradition at the end of the sixteenth century

Session 26 Music and Art History Sanna Raninen Samantha Chang

Variations on a Theme: Flemish and Italian Polygonal Virginals inside the Painter’s Studio

Laura Ventura Nieto

A Daughter’s Pride: Lavinia Fontana’s Self-Portrait at the Virginals

Lise Henriette Hindsberg

Vividness and “Visual Music” in Girolamo dai Libri’s Altarpieces

15.00-16.00 Business Meeting/Break
Session 27 Music in Early Modern England III Katherine Butler Samantha Arten

Singing The Whole Booke of Psalmes

Magnus Williamson

Later career of John Taverner

Anne Heminger

Civic Processions and the Performance of English Catholicism under Mary I

Session 28 L’homme armé Jennifer Thomas Sam Bradley

Order and Finality in the Agnus Dei of La Rue’s MissaL’homme armé I

Nicolò Ferrari

Crusading Propaganda and Fifteenth-Century L’homme armé Masses

John Ahern

The Naples L’homme armé Masses: A New Connection

Session 29 Computer-assisted analysis Christian Goursaud Cory McKay, Rían Adamian, Julie Cumming, and

Ichiro Fujinaga

Exploring Renaissance Music Using N-Gram Aggregates to Summarize Local Musical Content

Esperanza Rodríguez-García

Computer-assisted analysis as antool for attribution: the case of the anonymous O decus virgineum and Ave verum corpus natum from the manuscript Tarazona 2/3

Bram Geelen (speaking), David Burn, Bart de Moor

Classifying the works in the Josquin Research Project dataset by modelling the transitions in their symbolic chromagrams

Session 30 Medievalisms Karen M. Cook Miri Blustein

The OrWarrior and the longing poet: medieval revival in Israeli rock music

George Haggett

Public Solitude: The Paradox of the Operatic Anchoress

Gillian Gower

Towards a Decolonized Medievalism

20.00-22:30 Final Reception

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