2012-2013 Lectures

The Silence of Medieval Singers

1:30-3:00 p.m., Sunday, 14 April 2013 (free and open to the public) Marshall Room, CFA The Silence of Medieval Singers Katarina Livljanić (Ensemble Dialogos / University of Paris - Sorbonne) Benjamin Bagby (Ensemble Sequentia / University of Paris - Sorbonne) Investigating how the human singing voice might have sounded in plainchant and other ecclesiastical vocal traditions of the Middle Ages, we find ourselves confronting medieval informants whose written words are surrounded by silence. We scholars and performers have access to medieval musical notation but we do not have access to medieval sounds; our perceptions are based on the singing voices of the living but... More

Upcoming lecture by Joshua Rifkin

On January 29, Professor Rifkin will give a lecture entitled "Counterpoint and Conjecture: Imagining a Lost Motet." From Professor Rifkin: "In April 2012, the Dutch vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis and I did a series of concerts with music by the marvelous Renaissance master Jacobus Clemens non Papa. We built the program around a mass based on motet a called Gaude lux Donatiane. "It seemed sensible to include the motet in the program as well. Only problem: the motet no longer exists. "Bart Demuyt, the head of the Alamire Foundation and the driving force behind the concert, decided that we shouldn't let that deter us... More

Lecture this Tuesday!

On Tuesday, December 11, BU Professor Patrick Wood Uribe will give a lecture entitled "Devilry and Drink: The Virtuoso Thomas Baltzar (1631?-1663)." When Thomas Baltzar arrived in England in the 1650s, he astonished audiences with his extraordinary violin playing; one listener even examined his feet to see if they were cloven hooves. Patrick Wood Uribe’s 2008 CD release was the first recording of Baltzar’s unaccompanied violin music, and this year saw the publication of the first edited collection of his solo works. Professor Wood Uribe's talk is about Baltzar the man, his music, and the world around him. Please join us in... More

Martin Pearlman: “Performing Handel’s Messiah”

As an introduction to Boston Baroque’s annual and highly acclaimed performances of Handel’s Messiah on December 7-8 at Jordan Hall, Martin Pearlman will discuss the some of the challenges in performing this extraordinary work, explaining how considerations of tempo, singing style, and other performance details form part of a larger dramatic interpretation of Messiah. Join us in the Marshall Room on the 2nd Floor of the BU College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Avenue. The lecture will begin at 6:30. This event is free and open to the public.

Lecture/Demonstration: Anne Azéma

Anne Azéma, acclaimed early music singer and Music Director of the Boston Camerata, will present two lecture / performances for Professor Jeff Kline's "French Lyric Poetry" class on November 6 and November 8 (with assistance by BU professor and lutenist Victor Coelho on Nov. 8th) in CAS 538 from 12:30-2. Auditors welcome.

Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium

"Re-Attributing London-Royal College of Music MS1070: New Technologies and Insights" Doctoral candidate Basil Considine will discuss the use of digital infrared photography in manuscript study, using the Royal College of Music in London's music manuscript No. 1070 as a case study. He will also present new research findings related to the same manuscript. The colloquium will be held in the Seminar Room of the Musicology and Ethnomusicology Department from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.


On Wednesday, October 10, Scott Metcalfe and the 13-voice ensemble Blue Heron will present a lecture-demonstration entitled "Music in 16th-century England: the Peterhouse Partbooks (c.1540)." Metcalfe will speak about the history of the partbooks, copied around 1540 for use at Canterbury Cathedral, and introduce works from the ensemble’s concert on October 11, Nicholas Ludford’s Missa Inclina cor meum and John Mason’s antiphon Ave fuit prima salus, neither of which have ever been performed in North America before. Blue Heron will provide live illustrations and perform the entire Mason antiphon. The lecture-demonstration be in Marsh Chapel from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. This... More