October 25, 2014

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March 11, 2014

Chevalier, mult estes guaritz

On Saturday we met Jude in the Reinvention Centre at Warwick. She gave us a wonderful presentation of her medieval instruments and we had a short medieval bagpipe workshop!

We also set about trying to figure out how to use some of the instruments in performances of some Crusade songs. Below is our first attempt at singing through 'Chevalier, mult estes guaritz' with a harp, drum and soprano shawm.

March 04, 2014

Saturday workshop

I have provisionally booked out the Reinvention Centre in Westwood on campus, for a music session/ workshop this Saturday (8th March) from 2-6pm. Westwood is about 5/10 mins walk from central campus, and you have to pass by University House. If people are unsure of where to go we can always meet at the Humanities Building and walk over together.

We may also be working with Jude on the day so it should be fun!

February 19, 2014

The Crusades: History and Literature

History and Literature

January 29, 2014

More music sessions

Here are the details for the music sessions: Wednesday 29th Jan: 16.00-18.00 H4.43 (This is on the fourth floor of the Humanities Building) Wednesday 5th Feb: 18.00-19.30 Humanities Studio Friday 7th Feb: 18.00-19.30 Humanities Studio Do not the change of location on this Wednesday, which is on the floor where the French department is.

January 15, 2014

Medieval Crusades Songs Pack

I've attached a copy of the Medieval Crusade Songs Pack (PDF) that I have put together over the Christmas holidays. It contains the lyrics and notation for all the songs that we will be looking at this term. The only exception to this are the Occitan songs, one of which will be performed as spoken word, and the other we are still working on! I'll endeavour to get some copies of this to use in the workshops.

A couple of things to note:

- Please feel free to come to the Medieval Seminar Serieswith musicologist Emma Dillon on 22nd January.

- We are trying to schedule a performance of the songs we are working on for Sat 8th March. We would like this to be a relaxed, informal presentation for those involved in the project and open to guests.

- We will hopefully be working with local musician Jude Rees on some of the songs. Here's her website. (http://www.judereesmusician.co.uk/)

Finally, in the pack there is a provisional timetable of rehearsals and other significant dates. These dates are subject to changes, and specific times for the rehearsals will usually the week before the rehearsal.

December 13, 2013

Facebook page

Just as a quick note, we've set up a new facebook page which is open to the public. This means that even if you're not on facebook you can still see what's there. The page will be used in the same way as the blog, and videos will also be posted there:


November 24, 2013

This week's music session (preparation)

For all those who are planning to come to this week's music session (Wednesday 2-7pm in the Humanities Studio), here are some links to versions of songs that we should be covering:

Pax in nomine Domini

Chanterai por mon corage

Ja nus hons pris

(I can never make up my mind whether I like this modern version or not! Let me know what you think)

Do feel free to bring any instruments that you might like to introduce into the mix. But don't worry if its just you and your voice. And if you can't make the whole session, just come for a little bit!

November 22, 2013

Pax in nomine Domini tune transcription


Here's the musical transcription for the song Pax in nomine Domini by Marcabru (on the left hand side of the page).

And here's a link to a recording of the song.

November 19, 2013

The capture of Louis IX

Dear all,

below is a message from Linda:

Congratulations to everyone on a great start!

There is an interesting song by a troubadour lamenting the disastrous failure of Louis IX's first crusade, when he was captured at Mansurah in Egypt in April 1250. You can look at it on <http://www.rialto.unina.it/AustAur/40.1%28Paterson%29.htm>, along with translation and explanatory details. The musical model for this was almost certainly a love-song by the troubadour Peirol. As far as I know no-one has ever transcribed the melody, but it can be found on a 14th-c. manuscript known as R (Paris, Bilbiothèque Nationale française, 22543): see the attached photo. In a concert it might make a nice contrast to songs of the earlier period (or you might have other ideas of what to do with it). You could have a go at transcribing it from the ms., ignoring the words, since these are Peirol's, but fitting the notes to Austorc's text.


Louis XI

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