Ta fin est mon commencement: Composing in Italy in the Late Fourteenth Century
Pedro Memelsdorff (Schola Cantorum Basel)
Friday, February 21, 2014, 10am-1pm
Musicology Seminar Room, 808 Commonwealth Ave, Boston University
This talk explores anew the contrapuntal handicraft, literary background and semiotic implications of works by Johannes Ciconia and Matteo da Perugia.
A music director, a recorder player and a medievalist in musicology, Pedro Memelsdorff was born in Argentina in 1959 and has been living in Europe since 1977. As a musician, he has been a member of Jordi Savall’s Hesperion XXI since 1981 and of the duo Pedro Memelsdorff-Andreas Staier since 1984. In 1987 he founded – and ever since directs – the ensemble Mala Punica, specialized in late medieval polyphony, with which he has performed over four hundred concerts in the major early-music venues in Europe and America and published 8 CDs that have received over forty international awards. As a musicologist, Memelsdorff regularly publishes in the specialized press (Studi Musicali, Acta Musicologica, Recercare, Plainsong & Medieval Music, Brepols, LIM, Galluzzo). At present he is preparing a monograph on the Codex Faenza 117 for Brepols. He is Director of the Schola Cantorum in Basel.
“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.