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Virtual conference: Rhythm in Music and the Arts in the Late Middle Ages

On November 16th - 18th, the virtual international interdisciplinary conference Rhythm in Music and the Arts in the Late Middle Ages will take place, organised by the Masaryk Institute and Archive of the Czech Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague.

Conference program (pdf) NOTE: There was a mistake! The first session on Wednesday will take 30 minutes longer (three papers instead of two) and everything afterwards is shifted by 30 mins, so the final discussion will end at 19:30.

Conference abstracts (pdf)

The conference will take place on:

Monday 16. 11. 2020,  15:00--19:30 CET
Tuesday 17. 11. 2020,  15:00--19:30 CET
Wednesday, 18. 11. 2020,  15:00-19:30 CET

via ZOOM. 

If you wish to participate, please register here:


with your email address, name, and institutional affiliation, and we will then e-mail you a Zoom link for the conference (on the days of the conference).




Monday, 16. 11. 2020, 15:00–19:30 CET

15:00–15:15    Conference Opening and Instructions

15:15–16:15    Cantus Fractus Repertory in the Period of Konstanz and Basel Councils
Chair: Paweł Gancarczyk, Polish Academy of Sciences

Cantus Fractus in CA 6 and 11 and the Council of Basel
Barbara Haggh-Huglo, University of Maryland, College Park

Cantus Fractus in Vernacular Chant of the 1420s: Lost Genres and Transcription Challenges
Hana Vlhová-Wörner, Czech Academy of Sciences

16:15–16:30    BREAK

16:30–17:30    Rhythm and Notation
Chair: Luisa Nardini, University of Texas in Austin

How the Rhythm Was Lost: Progressive Decline of Nuance in Beneventan Notation
Giulio Minniti, Harvard University

Rhythm and Revision
Miriam Wendling, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

17:30–18:00    BREAK

18:00–19:30    Keynote

The Vestiges of an Elusive Artistic Circle: Plainchant Embellishments at Tournai Cathedral from the Fourteenth through Sixteenth Centuries.
Sarah Long, Michigan State University

Tuesday, 17. 11. 2020, 15:00–19:30 CET

15:00–16:00    The Rhythm and the Arts
Chair: Hana Vlhová-Wörner

Rhythm and Architecture in Prague around 1400: Changing Architecture Paradigmas at St. Vitus' Lodge
Klára Benešovská, Czech Academy of Sciences

Visions, Apparitions and Body Movements: Work Rhymes and Work Rhythms in the Scandinavian Poetry of the Viking Age
Jiří Starý, Charles University Prague

16:00–16:30    BREAK

16:30–18:00    Rhythm in Late Medieval Song,
Chair: TBC

Reconstructing Rhythm in Central European Songs with Chant Notations
Jan Ciglbauer, Charles University Prague

From Judgement to Comfort: Audi tellus, audi magni maris limbus in the Sixteenth Century
Allen Scott, Oklahoma State University

Poetry, Prosa and Regular Rhythmic Structures in Music around 1400
Canticum boemicale Otep myry in the Context of Credo Settings in Cantus Fractus
Lenka Hlávková, Charles University Prague

18:00–18:30    BREAK

18:30–19:30    Performance Workshop with Corina Marti, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Wednesday, 18. 11. 2020, 15:00–19:00 CET

15:00–16:30    Repertory and Genres
Chair: Lenka Hlávková

Monophonic Credos and their Cultural Background in the Late Medieval Period
Harrison Russin, Duke University

Cantus Fractus in a Hussitic Graduale from Kutná Hora (A-Wn 15501)
David Merlin, University of Vienna

Cantus Fractus in South Tyrol
Giulia Gabrielli, University of Bolzano

16:30–16:45    BREAK

16:45–17:45    Late Transmissions and Developments
Chair: Jan Ciglbauer

Rhythmic Chant and Chant-Based Polyphony in the Annaberg Choirbooks
Paul Kolb, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

An Early Cantus Fractus Complete Mass Ordinary by an Italian Nobleman
Kathleen Sewright, Winter Springs, Florida

17:45–18:00    BREAK

18:00–19:30    Closing Discussion