Past Event

Towards A Sonic Historiography of Medieval Music

April 25, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Butler Library (208b), Columbia University, 535 West 114th Street, New York

Event Description: 

Professor Isabelle Ragnard of Paris-Sorbonne Université will discuss her research on 78 rpm records of medieval music. 250 recordings of pre-1500 music were published in the US and Europe between 1910 and the early 1950s. A critical discography of this body of material combines the description of the 78s as industrial artifacts with analysis of their accompanying materials (liner notes, labels, etc.), which constitute rich documentation that that is not only sonic and technical but also iconographic and textual. Ragnard will present her database of the recordings, which forms part of a project aiming to reconstruct the invention of medieval music in the first half of the twentieth century through "sonic historiography."

Event Speaker:

Isabelle Ragnard, Lecturer in Medieval Music at Paris-Sorbonne University

Event Information: 

Please see event webpage for additional information. This event is made possible by the Department of Music and Studio at Butler in the Columbia University Libraries as part of the FAB-Musiconis exchange between Columbia University and Sorbonne Université.