Music, Theory, and Their Sources | Newberry

Music, Theory, and Their Sources

The “Harp of Melody” from a fourteenth-century collection of musical treatises (VAULT Case MS 54.1)

Thursday, June 18, 2020Saturday, June 20, 2020

Newberry Library

Organized by Ryan Taycher, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

The study and performance of early music (pre-1700) requires us to recreate and represent past musical practices through consulting a variety of sources available to us today. The theme of the conference seeks to encourage an interdisciplinary exploration of the ways in which we engage with these sources of and for early music and the degrees of mediation intrinsic to them. This symposium highlights perspectives from disciplines such as music theory and analysis, musicology, performance practice, the history of music theory, codicology, art history, and digital humanities that take into consideration the sources for music and music theory, broadly construed.

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals for the conference is now OPEN. We welcome submissions on any topic related to early music (broadly construed) with special preference given to those submissions that address the theme of the conference. The standard paper format will be 20-minute papers with 20 minutes for discussion, but we also welcome proposals for alternate formats or sessions, which will be evaluated case by case. All proposals must be submitted electronically. The submission deadline is 11:59 PM EST on February 16, 2020. For more information and instructions on how to submit a proposal, download a PDF of the Call for Proposals.

Co-sponsored by the Society for Music Theory’s Early Music Analysis Interest Group and organized by Ryan Taycher.

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required. Registration will open on May 1, 2020.