Exploring the Musical Links between the Troubadours and Medieval Iberia

Event time: 
Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 4:00pm
Digital Humanities Laboratory, Sterling Library See map
Event description: 

The Department of Music welcomes Verónica da Rosa Guimarães for its first Guest Lecture event on Thursday September 21 at 4pm in the Digital Humanities Laboratory (1st Floor, Sterling Library). You can register via this link.

This lecture will use computational methods to explore the role of the poetic-musical culture of medieval Islamic Iberia (or al-Andalus) in the development of the troubadour tradition. Due to the paucity of musical sources both from al- Andalus and from the first generation of troubadours, all scholarship on the topic to date has been speculative, using isolated case studies of the lyric texts to extend conclusions drawn from textual analysis into the musical domain. Da Rosa Guimarães will use results of a computer-aided comparison to explore if there is in fact a connection between the music of the Moroccan nūba (a suite-like genre than can be traced back to al-Andalus) and that of the troubadours, clarifying historical questions about the heritage of Moroccan Andalusi music and the musical exchange between the troubadours and al-Andalus along the way.
This event is being co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the Medieval Studies program.
Verónica da Rosa Guimarães holds a Ph.D in musicology and medieval studies from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation explored the emergence of troubadour melody using a combination of documental research, cultural history, algorithmic analysis, and evolutionary theory methods. This interdisciplinarity continues to be a defining aspect of Verónica’s approach to her research questions, which focus on medieval Occitan song and on the multicultural context in which it developed. She is particularly interested in the cross-cultural circulation of melodies associated with troubadour poetry. Verónica’s additional research interests include music perception and cognition, film music, and music evolution.