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Release: Feb. 7, 2000
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
LECTURE ON MEDIEVAL MELODIES FEB. 18 -- Elizabeth Aubrey, a faculty member
in musicology at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a lecture
about discoveries she made at the Bibliotheque nationale (National library)
in Paris at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building
on the UI campus.
Aubrey's lecture, "Medieval Melodies in the Hands of Bibliophiles of
the Ancien Regime," will be free and open to the public. It is part of
the Musicology Colloquium and Theory Seminar series at the School of Music.
Aubrey will discuss a medieval French manuscript songbook that dates from
the 13th century. During her study of this songbook -- known as the "chansonnier
Cange" -- Aubrey realized that Jean-Pierre-Imbert Chatre de Cange, the
18th century owner of the manuscript, had added music on staves that had been
left unfilled by the medieval scribes.
Two melodies in particular that modern editors have considered as medieval
ones turned out to have been added by Cange. Aubrey will discuss the implications
of this discovery in her lecture.
Aubrey is known internationally as a scholar of medieval music and literature.
She has published articles and reviews in scholarly journals including Early
Music History, The Journal of Musicology, Acta Musicologica and Historical
Performance. She is a contributor to the forthcoming revised edition of "The
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians" and to the new edition of
the German music reference work "Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart"
(Music in history and the present).
Her first book, "The Music of the Troubadours," was published in
1996 to enthusiastic reviews. The Times (London) Literary Supplement wrote
that it is "a down-to-earth treatment which should ensure that (the book)
remains of value for many years to come." The Music Library Association
journal Notes called the book "a monument in musicology, one no music
library should be without. It should be required reading for all students
of music history and the Middle Ages."
A second book, an anthology of songs by medieval women musicians, will be
published next year by Yale University Press.
A calendar of lectures in the Musicology Colloquium and Theory Seminar series
is available on the world wide web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/MUSYlect.html