programs for adults




Musical performance:


A range of well-known and lesser-known medieval music in Old Occitan, Italian, Latin, Middle English, Old French, Middle German, and Galego-Portuguese, as well as instrumental pieces.

Narrative with music
:

Lai de Bisclaveret (the Tale of the Werewolf)
(Old French/Anglo-Norman, 40 min)

Marie de France's masterpiece from the Harley 978 manuscript. Featuring perhaps the earliest werewolf hero in fiction!
"It is thrilling to hear the sounds of Anglo-Norman.... surtitles are really rendered unnecessary….  A magical visit from a seer from another world."    ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭  Stage Door, April 2017

Floris and Blancheflour
(Old French and Middle English, 90 min)

One narrator, 18 characters, and a plot similar to Mozart's "Abduction from the Seraglio" but funnier. "Floris and Blancheflour was *stunning* Entrancing to watch, and the feat of  memory was just as impressive.  The standing ovation was thoroughly,  richly deserved."  - audience member

The Nun's Priest's Tale
(Middle English, 50 min)

In Chaucer's fabliau of rooster and fox, the young priest who's narrating can't resist a digression...

Lecture-Demonstrations:

Medieval Composers: four personalities and their works
Hildegard von Bingen, Bernart de Ventadorn, Neidhart von Reuental, Guillaume de Machaut.

Instrumentarium

Medieval instruments and modern attempts to reconstruct them

Troubadours

The quasi-legendary troubadours: some better known works, some rarities.

Trade Routes and Translation Schools
"Wandering musicians" in medieval Europe and beyond

Dante and Music
Musicians, music, and music theory in the Divine Comedy and in Dante's life

Medieval Philosophy of Music
"The music of the spheres" the place of music in medieval thought and education