PMMS 2018 Study Day and Council Meeting: Magdalen College (Oxford), Saturday 20 Jan 2018

Polyphonic Music of the Late Middle Ages from England and the Continent. Sources, Context and Court Culture.

Magdalen College, Oxford – Summer Common Room

This study day accompanies the exhibition “Fragments of note: the afterlives of medieval manuscripts” at Magdalen College, Oxford, which examines the numerous medieval manuscript fragments held at Magdalen, largely medieval books that have been dismantled in the early modern period and re-used as binding waste or covers. The main exhibition focuses on fragments featuring musical notation and is complemented by a selection of contemporary watercolour, collage, and paper-pulp relief works by fine artist Janet Boulton. The exhibition, co-curated by Dr. Giovanni Varelli (Prize Fellow in Music at Magdalen) and Mr. Daryl Green (Librarian), will run until April 19th 2018.

09:30 – Arrival, coffee and opening

10:00 – Elizabeth Nyikos (Oxford)
Medieval and modern reconstructions of the Worcester Fragments

10:30 – Lisa Colton (Huddersfield)
Music, ceremony, and civic display in the commemoration of Sir Hugh Wiche and Dame Alice Wiche

11:00 – Karl Kügle (Oxford–Utrecht)
Courtly perils vs eternal salvation: Reading Degentis vita/Cum vix artidici

11:30 – Margaret Bent (Oxford)
The fragmentary royal choirbook: an update

With live illustrations by the Magdalen Academical Clerks

Magdalen College – Old Library

12:15 – Tour of Fragments of Note. The Afterlives of Medieval Manuscripts an exhibition of medieval music manuscript fragments from the College collections by curators Giovanni Varelli and Daryl Green.

13:00 – Lunch [Council meeting]

St Peter’s College – College Chapel

14:30 – Prof. David Wulstan Memorial Service

Registration is free. A voluntary donation will be collected at the end of the morning. We suggest a donation of £10 (waged); £5 (PMMS member/student/unwaged) or £3 (PMMS student member). Lunch is not provided, but can be purchased for a modest cost at the College Buttery or Old Kitchen Bar in Magdalen.

Please email Dr Giovanni Varelli ( by Saturday 13th January, indicating whether you would like to attend the Study Day and/or the Memorial Service.

See information on previous events.

The Plainsong and Medieval Music Society
Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
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