Latest discoveries on Robertsbridge intabulations

25/01/2021 — Cristina Alís Raurich — < 1 min read
Categories: Manuscripts, Musicology, Performance Practice, Positive Organ, Repertory

Flos vernalis – one of the Robertsbridge intabulations – will be the subject of the seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Music at All Souls College, Univeristy of Oxford on 4th march 2021.

Flos vernalis and Robertsbridge intabulation style: ornamentation, diminution and intabulation in the 14th century

Cristina Alís Raurich (Schola Cantorum, Basel and Universität Würzburg)

Discussants: Karl Kügle (Universities of Oxford and Utrecht) and David Catalunya (University of Oxford)

Abstract: Until recently, only two sources of Flos vernalis were known: fragments of a vocal version in binding strips in All Souls College, Oxford (MS 56); and its ornamented intabulation in the so-called Robertsbridge MS. Two more concordances of the vocal version have meanwhile been discovered, by Cristina Alís Raurich in Karlsruhe, and in binding strips in Koblenz discovered by Karl Kügle. The new findings allow a reconstruction of almost the entire piece, together with evidence of an otherwise absent third voice. They permit an analysis of the diminution, ornamentation and adaptation techniques in the intabulation which can be related to theoretical texts of the fourteenth century; Flos vernalis was more abundantly embellished than the other intabulations in Robertsbridge. Several of the sources have Cistercian connections.

Anyone can attend the seminar. In order to do so, registration is required following this link.

A publication of an article on the same subject is in preparation.

Cristina Alís Raurich

Cristina Alís Raurich

Performer of medieval and Renaissance keyboards, pedagogue, musicologist. Passionate about communication and obsessed with the question: what is medieval music to us?

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