Music and Text in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading)

Music and Text in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading)

Course Description: This course uses the texts set to music in early modernity as a way of deepening understanding of the way music developed during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. We will translate the texts of monophonic and polyphonic works from the plainchant of the Christian church, through the lyrics of Hildegard and the sequences of Notker the Stammerer, the early motet (including works from the Codex Engelberg and the Notre Dame school), the Carmina Burana, the isorhythmic motet (including the works of Dufay), and concluding with music of the Renaissance. The course is structured to examine music and text in tandem, and to consider the impact each had on the other.


Level: Intermediate-Advanced Latin reading. There is no requirement to be familiar with medieval Latin. Participants need to have a general familiarity with Classical music traditions to get the most from this course.

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials (Tyrell & Purser's The Correspondence of M. Tullius Cicero) will be provided by the instructor

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Thursdays, 6:00p.m. U.S. Eastern Time


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John Weretka

John Weretka holds qualifications in medieval history, musicology, art history, theology, and Latin and is currently enrolled in an MLitt programme in Viking Studies. He is the convenor of the University of Melbourne (Australia) Medieval Latin Reading Group and has taught extensively for the Paideia Institute on texts including the Ecclesiastical History of Bede, the Vita of Matilda of Tuscany of Donizo, and the Carmen de Hastingae Proelio by Guy of Amiens. John has also taught at the Sydney University Latin Summer School.