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Travels of the Lute and Cultural Contacts in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Travels of the Lute and Cultural Contacts in the Medieval and Early Modern World

This working group will explore cultural contacts in the medieval and early modern world through an examination of the musical instrument variously known as al-ud, le lut, alaude, the lutte.  As the oud travelled from Western Asia to North Africa to become the lute of Europe and the Americas, the complex attitudes and ambiguities that it elicited resonated with the overtones of other encounters: from violent conquest to quiet domesticity; as a tie to the ancient world, yet available through modern connections; as a vehicle for intercultural communication, and yet also a marker of difference, the design, performers, and music of the lute provide a rich opportunity to explore cultural contacts in the medieval and early modern world.

Our group will present research findings and work in progress for critical feedback at monthly meetings and use an online forum to share resources and materials between meetings.  Humanities scholars are increasingly using open-source computing to create a global community of researchers.  Our goal is to create a digital resource that will benefit both performers who seek a more historically-informed approach to their practice, and scholars in other disciplines who wish to bring music into their teaching and research.

Lead:  Mairi Cowan, UTM Historical Studies

FACULTY/LIBRARIAN

David Fallis, Music and Toronto Consort
Elaine Goettler, Library
Sally-Beth MacLean, English and Records of Early English Drama project
Carol Percy, English
Stephanie Martin, Music, York University

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Julia Armstrong, Information
Stephanie Conn, Music
Emma Gorst, English
Scott Pollock, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Jacqueline Wylde, English

MUSICIANS

John Edwards, Musicians in Ordinary
George Sawa, historian and performer of medieval Arabic music


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