Cantus Scriptus: Technologies of Medieval Song

3rd Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

November 19-20, 2010
Symposium Open to the public
Guidonian Hand Music Diagram

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Department of Music, Penn Libraries are pleased to announce the 3rd annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. This year's symposium will be on the theme of music in medieval and early modern manuscripts.  We will explore a range of issues relating to music’s materiality in the late medieval period, especially as it pertains to the manuscript source. We will bring together scholars and performers who will examine the ways the written text of music, especially in the unit of the codex, can be expressive as well  as prescriptive; the multiple functions of music’s most important technology – its notation; and finally, the role that modern digital technology can facilitate the study of manuscripts today.

The symposium begins Friday evening at the Free Library of Philadelphia with a lecture and performance by the award-winning early music duo Asteria.  On Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania, seven speakers will present papers on various topics relating to the history of music manuscripts and notation. The symposium will conclude with a roundtable to discuss issues related to the digitization of music manuscripts and related documents and the role of the digital humanities in medieval musicology. 

Special exhibitions of music manuscripts will be on view at both institutions.

  • Jane Alden, Wesleyan University
  • Julia Craig-McFeeley, Digital Image Archive of Music Manuscripts
  • Michael Scott Cuthbert, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Emma Dillon, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lauren Jennings, University of Pennsylvania
  • Elizabeth Mellon, University of Pennsylvania
  • Susan Rankin, University of Cambridge
  • Anne Stone, City University of New York
  • Emily Zazulia, University of Pennsylvania

Event Series

Featured image: Guidonian hand, from a liturgical miscellany, Italian, late 15th century (UPenn Ms. Codex 1248, fol. 122r)