Singing the tune dates back to late Antiquity and the Middle Ages in centonization. It featured widely in popular songs, canticles, spiritual music and carols, and in fairground shows, singing societies, chansonnier gatherings and cabarets. The symposium aims to provide fresh input about this highly fertile period from the field of poetry, history, musicology and anthropology.
It will focus on analysing and comparing sources; on social and artistic aspects (the venues, players, audiences & the music and poetry); and its relationship with dance music and traditional song. It will also study intertextual devices, the place of this type of poetry & music in academic treatises, as well as the significance of militant, proselytizing or confessional tones, and the reappropriation of ‘ancient’ tones in sacred or secular, public or private and street or stage productions.
This symposium will also feature recitals by Esther Labourdette and Arnaud Marzorati.