Lecture & Choral Performance | Saints Alive! Rediscovering Chant Manuscripts at McGill


Room A832, 8th floor, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke Street W, Montreal, QC, H3A 1E3, CA


Come and hear a 15th-century chant manuscript brought to life! McGill owns some beautiful chant manuscripts. Prof. Julie Cumming will discuss the role of music in monastic life, and how different kinds of chant enhanced the liturgy. Singers will perform extracts from Manuscript 73, so you can see and hear a choirbook as it was meant to be used.

A special exhibition and light reception will follow the event.

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Hosted by  ROAAr, McGill Library and the Schulich School of Music. Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada



Prof. Julie E. Cumming received her B.A. in Music and Medieval Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University (1980), and her M.A. (1982) and Ph.D (1987) in Music and Medieval Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She taught for seven years at Wellesley College before moving to McGill in 1992. In addition to musicology she has played the recorder professionally, helped run the summer workshop, Amherst Early Music, and conducted the Collegium at Wellesley College. She was the review editor for Historical Performance, the journal of Early Music America (1988-92), and review editor for the Journal of the American Musicological Society (2004-2008). 

Professor Cumming's major area of expertise is late Medieval and Renaissance polyphony. Her current work looks at fifteenth- and sixteenth-century compositional process, with emphasis on the connections between historical improvisation and composition. She is the co-leader (with Ichiro Fujinaga, PI) of a SSHRC Partnership Grant, “SIMSSA: Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis” (2014-2021; https://simssa.ca/).

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