Brown Bag Lunch: Andrew Hicks, “Listening to Fragments: Editing a ‘New’ Fourteenth-Century Motet”

Andrew Hicks [Music] will discuss Beatius/Cum humanum at noon next Wednesday, February 10, in Uris G88.

Beatius/Cum humanum is an imperfect motet, and it performs its imperfections in myriad ways. On the most basic material level it survives imperfectly, lacking its tenor (or more) in all three surviving sources. These sources, moreover, are philologically imperfect, witnessing substantial but not insoluble textual corruptions in several key verses. Such (accidental) material and philological imperfections, however, almost ruefully befit a motet that intentionally centers upon the fraught relationship between the apparent perfection of rule-bound discipline and the realities of musical and theological imperfection.

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!