Loading Events

Distinguished Lecture Series: “Sing to this Tune…”: Music, Marginalia, and Refrains in the Middle Ages

Sing to This Tune
lectures-symposia
Room 1440 – Schoenberg Music Building Watch Livestream

Dr. Mary Channen Caldwell explores the phenomenon of songs lacking notation yet made musical by means of the process of contrafacture; where new lyrics are fashioned after the poetic structure of a preexistent song, thereby allowing his work to be sung to that earlier melody. While the existence of music may seem central to contrafacture, notation is not always a necessary element. I consider ways in which music can be conveyed textually, as in directions to sing a new poem “to the tune of” a familiar melody. For three medieval manuscripts from the high and late Middle Ages preserving unique Latin contrafacts of French, German, and English songs, scribes and rubricators employed text, often in in margins or rubrics, as a stand-in for musical notation. In this trio of sources, the vernacular refrain emerges as a particularly rich locus for communicating musical, poetic, and linguistic meaning, encapsulating in its brevity and memorability a wealth of information required for the realization of new Latin contrafacts. Dr. Caldwell is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. Caldwell has published articles in Early Music History, Plainsong & Medieval Music, and the Journal of the Royal Musical Association. Edited chapters include one on Latin conducti in a book of essays on the thirteenth-century manuscript Tours 927 published by the Medieval Institute in the Early Drama, Art and Music series (2017) and forthcoming chapters on the historiography of medieval dance history and sung litanies.

Reception to follow in the Green Room.

Register in advance for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

Attending this Program?

Ticketing

This event is FREE! Let us know you’ll be coming by RSVP.

PARKING

Self-service parking is available at UCLA’s Parking Structure #2 for events in Schoenberg Music Building and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Costs range from $1 for 20 minutes to $20 all day. Learn more about campus parking.

ACCESSIBILITY

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is eager to provide a variety of accommodations and services for access and communications. If you would like to request accommodations, please do so 10 days in advance of the event by emailing ADA@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu or calling (310) 825-0174.

PHOTOGRAPHY

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music welcomes visitors to take non‐flash, personal‐use photography except where noted. Share your images with us @UCLAalpert / #UCLAalpert on Twitter + Instagram + Facebook

FOOD & DRINK

Food and drink may not be carried into the theaters. Thank you!

The Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

Sep 27 Mon
6:00pm
Free
talks
A Conversation with Warner Records' Tom Corson, Elissa Ayadi and Julian K. Petty
Kicking off on Monday, September 27, this special edition of LA Sounds Now features Warner Records' co-chairman and chief operating officer, Tom Corson, SVP Fan Engagement, Elissa Ayadi and EVP of Business Affairs and Legal, Julian Petty.
Lani Hall
Sep 30 Thu
10:00am
Free
talks
Pop Up Lab: Sound Artist and Composer Alba Triana
Join the UCLA PEER Lab for the first installment in the Pop Up Lab series, hosted by sound artist and composer Alba Triana as she invites us into her workspace and shares her creative process.
Zoom
Oct 4 Mon
6:00pm
Free
talks
A Conversation with Rapper, Artist, and Producer, IDK
LA Sounds Now welcomes rapper, artist and producer, Jason (IDK) Mills to discuss the history, issues, and ongoing struggles that continue to animate the stark contrast between the music industry’s leading artists — often Black artists, female artists, and other artists of color—as compared to the industry’s executive and professional ranks.
Lani Hall
Oct 10 Sun
9:30am
Free
lectures-symposia
Kol Nidre: Audio-Visual Dramaturgies - Part 2
Part 2 of this 4-part online conference, is called "The Moment and Momentum of Kol Nidre: A Multi-Layered Analysis of Yom Kippur's Grand Overture." What makes the moment of Kol Nidre so unique? In our joint presentation, we will probe the grand overture of the Day of Atonement, liturgically, musically and as a performative event.
Zoom
Oct 17 Sun
7:30pm
$
classical
Women's Voices, Women's Souls
A celebration of Jewish women’s voices, the centerpiece of this concert are excerpts from Women of Valor, an award-winning cantata by composer Andrea Clearfield, performed by members of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony under the direction of Dr. Noreen Green and featuring Grammy award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann and mezzo-soprano Iris Malkin. Inspired by a midrash, Women of Valor highlights the stories of women of the Bible through the contemporary lens of several women writers.