Presented by Dr. Elaine Stratton Hild
Comforting the dying with song: Historical uses of palliative music.
A workshop for musicians, historians, and students.
This workshop follows the methods historians use to realize songs from manuscripts: Using medieval books from the women’s monastery of Klosterneuburg (Austria), we will investigate the process of interpreting medieval music writing and transcribing it into modern notation. The workshop will include performances by singers from Kenyon College.
The particular chants we will investigate were sung by the women of Klosterneuburg to comfort the dying. These melodies offer historians valuable information concerning medieval rituals and customs; the melodies are also interesting to contemporary musicians who work with patients in end-of-life care.
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