Conference Programme


Guillaume de Machaut: Music, Image, Text in the Middle Ages

Interdisciplinary Conference: 29th – 30th April 2013, Reed Hall, University of Exeter, UK


Monday 29th April

9.45am              Short welcome


10am              Session 1: Machaut as Author

Barton Palmer (Clemson University)

Authorship and Autobiography in Machaut: The Star Author Reveals Himself or Does He?

Helen J. Swift (St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford)

Communication and Displacement: The Material Place of Poetic Voice

Tamsyn Rose-Steel (University of Exeter)

Don’t Even Think About It: The ‘Sans Penser’ Motif in Machaut’s Lyrics


11.30am        Coffee Break


11.50am          Session 2: Material Context and Multimodality

Emma Dillon (King’s College London)

Technologies of Love in Machaut's Remede de Fortune

Kate Maxwell (University of Agder)

Guillaume de Machaut and the Concept of ‘Multimodality’


1pm                Lunch


2.30pm            Session 3: Machaut in Aragon and the Case of MS F-G

Anna Alberni (University of Barcelona)

Machaut’s Literary Legacy in the Crown of Aragon: The Role of Chansonnier VeAg        

Yolanda Plumley and Uri Smilansky (University of Exeter)

A Courtier’s Quest for Cultural Capital: New Light on the Original Owner of Machaut MS F-G

Julia Drobinsky (Paris West University Nanterre La Défense)

Visual Narration in Machaut’s MS F-G (BnF, français 22545-22546)


4pm               Tea Break


4.30pm          Session 4: Machaut's Motets: Mirrors, Intertextuality and Biography

Jacques Boogaart (University of Amsterdam)

The Fatal Mirror: Interpreting Machaut’s motet 7, J’ai tant /Lasse! /Ego moriar pro te

Thomas Neal (Clare College, University of Cambridge)

The Composer as Exegete: an Intertextual Analysis of Machaut's Motet 21

                    David Fiala (University of Tours)

Machaut and Saint-Quentin


6pm               Buffet


7.30pm           Concert by Ensemble Le Basile: Certes Je Di - Machaut in Many Voices


Tuesday 30th April

9.30am            Session 5: Musical Invention and Compositional Process

Jared C Hartt (Oberlin College Conservatory of Music)

Sonority and Voice Leading in Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame

Anne Stone (City University of New York Graduate Centre)

Machaut's Rhythmic Invention

David Maw (University of Oxford)

Compositional Process as Cultural History: Machaut’s Songs as Case Study


11am              Coffee Break


11.20am          Session 6: Beyond Parchment: Machaut in the Digital Era

Presentation and discussion of new online resources produced by the Machaut project at the University of Exeter, and a related series of sound recordings

Tamsyn Rose-Steel, Gary Stringer, Uri Smilansky, Don Greig


12.30pm        Buffet lunch


1.45pm              Session 7: Machaut and Rhythm

Virginia Newes (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Structures of Melody and Text in Machaut’s Earlier Monophonic Virelais

Warwick Edwards (University of Glasgow)

The Rhythms of Machaut’s Sung Verse: A Case Study in the Intersection of Oral and Literate Cultures


2.45am          Tea Break          


3.10pm          Session 8: Symmetry and Reversal in Machaut

Emma Cayley (University of Exeter)

Le Contraire Effacies: Reflecting on Reversal in Machaut’s Jugement Poems   

Dimitris Kountouras (University of Athens)

Tels Rit au Main: Machaut’s Only Lament: An Analysis


4.30pm                       Finish


***********************STOP PRESS!!!!!!!!************************

The Complete Poetry and Music of Guillaume de Machaut Volume 1 is out now!!!!

Volume 1: The Debate Poems is now available in print.

You can also enjoy the entire volume online via the Middle English Texts Website.

Edited and translated by R. Barton Palmer, with art historical commentary by Domenic Leo, and musical commentary by Uri Smilansky, the volume contains  Le Jugement dou Roy de Behaigne, Le Jugement dou Roy de Navarre, and Le Lay de Plour.




The Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut Manuscript

Full colour facsimile with introductory study by Lawrence Earp, Domenic Leo and Carla Shapreau. Preface by Christopher de Hamel

"It is a vast manuscript of royal luxury, 390 leaves of parchment, 314 mm. by 220 mm., illustrated with 118 enchanting miniatures by a workshop of court illuminators led by the Master of the Bible of Jean de Sy.They include pictures of gothic chivalry and romance, with mythology and natural history. Music is included on 235 pages of the manuscript, with almost the entire corpus of the ballades, lais and motets of Machaut, as well as his great polyphonic setting of the Mass, the four-part Messe de Nostre-Dame.The manuscript has never before been photographed in its entirety or reproduced in colour."

"Vol. 1 introductory study (225 pages colour/mono), vol. 2 facsimile (789 full colour pages) on 150gsm matt art paper. Full size reproduction, hard bound in buckram, presented in hard slipcover."

Available now from DIAMM Publications.

The Art of Grafted Song: Citation and Allusion in the Age of Machaut by Yolanda Plumley

Available now from Oxford University Press

"Presents the first detailed exploration of citational practices in the song-writing tradition of fourteenth-century France. The first monograph-length study on the Ars nova chanson with new evidence about the emergence of the new polyphonic chanson. Provides new evidence about the circle of poets and composers who engaged with Machaut and created a new style of poetry and song. Explores little studied collections of lyrics and songs of the period and provides fresh insights and perspectives on Machaut's works."