The Leuven Chansonnier: A New Later Fifteenth-Century Song Source
- The Dome, Bramall Music Building
- Arts and Law, Research
- Music Colloquium series 2017-2018
Speaker: David Burn (University of Leuven)
Venue: The Dome, Bramall Music Building (3rd Floor)
All Students and Staff are welcome to attend. Attendance is required for all MA Music Students.
In December 2015 a musical source that had been purchased at auction by a private Belgian art-dealer was brought to the Alamire Foundation in Leuven for examination. The source, it turns out, is a previously unknown later fifteenth-century chansonnier, complete and in its original cloth binding. The discovery of such a new source counts as sensational: only a very small number of similar such sources survive, and the last time that anything equivalent appeared was in 1939. In my presentation, I will present this new songbook, discussing the methods involved in coming to terms with a new musical source, and the consequent remapping of known terrain that that entails.