SMC103Y1 Lecture Notes - January 30, Melisma
DepartmentSt. Michael's College Courses
ProfessorMichael O Connor
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•Words and music
•Agustine says he can condon music in worship dependent on the words it
conveys. If it obstructs the words then he's singing.
•The idea we have is that music and words have to fit together
•There are at least two ways music and words are supposed to fit
•Structurally: music is not going to violate the words. The stresses have to be
logical rhythem and notes have to be right.
•Semantically: meaning of the words. If the words are joyful you'll expect that
the music may match these words
•For unto us a child is born - joyful mood, no, I'd voi non vo fidarmi (blind
love, cruel beauty, somebody has been treated - wont trust them again) yet
the music is the same as for unto us a child is born
•We must think of this theory of a structural Match and a semantically match.
But there is also some flexibility.
•Divine order (cosmos) ---> words
• ---> music
• ---> building
•There's a place where this happens. The church, its the container of this
music. Is architecture would reflect this order. The physical location is
expected to be in harmony with the cosmos
•. But we think its weird because they don't follow the structural ans
•Musicians are and have always been inventive lot
•In hildegards time they were part of a tradition that they were growing
•Bible that was always the same, when you have a sermon it comes from
scripture but it different
•Development of music in the later medieval period
•Chant remains foundation but composers do different things with it
•Al-le-Lu----------ia (melisma between lu ia) but they removed the melisma
and inserted words between the Lu ia
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