Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Music - Flos vernalis and Robertsbridge intabulation style: ornamentation, diminution and intabulation in the 14th century
Cristina Alis Raurich (Schola Cantorum, Basel and Universität Würzburg)
Discussants: Karl Kügle (Universities of Oxford and Utrecht) and David Catalunya (University of Oxford)
Abstract: Until recently, only two sources of Flos vernalis were known: fragments of a vocal version in binding strips in All Souls College, Oxford (MS 56); and its ornamented intabulation in the so-called Robertsbridge MS. Two more concordances of the vocal version have meanwhile been discovered, by Cristina Alís Raurich in Karlsruhe, and in binding strips in Koblenz discovered by Karl Kügle. The new findings allow a reconstruction of almost the entire piece, together with evidence of an otherwise absent third voice. They permit an analysis of the diminution, ornamentation and adaptation techniques in the intabulation which can be related to theoretical texts of the fourteenth century; Flos vernalis was more abundantly embellished than the other intabulations in Robertsbridge. Several of the sources have Cistercian connections.
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