project . 2016 - 2017 . Closed

Understanding Old Hispanic chant manuscripts and melodies

UK Research and Innovation
  • Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: AH/P002757/1
  • Funded under: AHRC Funder Contribution: 80,715 GBP
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    30 Jun 2016
    End Date
    29 Jul 2017
Description
Context Old Hispanic chant manuscripts do not specify precise intervals or pitches. This has constrained scholarly understanding of the melodies. In grant AH/H008306/1, we began to understand Old Hispanic chant's musical language systematically, especially the cadences. We identified characteristic cadence gestures, and how they are adapted to different numbers of syllables and (sometimes) accent patterns. We also explored how melodic pacing interacts with text: there are often many notes on theologically important words, directing participants' meditations towards those words and ideas. Aims We will significantly increase the cultural impact of these research f...
Description
Context Old Hispanic chant manuscripts do not specify precise intervals or pitches. This has constrained scholarly understanding of the melodies. In grant AH/H008306/1, we began to understand Old Hispanic chant's musical language systematically, especially the cadences. We identified characteristic cadence gestures, and how they are adapted to different numbers of syllables and (sometimes) accent patterns. We also explored how melodic pacing interacts with text: there are often many notes on theologically important words, directing participants' meditations towards those words and ideas. Aims We will significantly increase the cultural impact of these research f...
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