October 31 was Philippe de Vitry’s birthday! He would have turned 727 if he were, I dunno, Cthulhu or an elf or something. Happy Birthday, PdV!
In related news, this month saw the three-year mark of an international symposium on Vitry that was held at Yale on November 6–7, 2015. (On the one hand, it’s hard to believe it’s been three years. Then again, my daughter, who kicked emphatically in utero through the whole motet concert, turned two-and-a-half in September, so I guess it has been that long.)
My co-organizer Karen Desmond and I decided not to do a conference volume, but rather encouraged the participants to submit articles to journals appropriate to the wide range of work that was presented. The result has been that indeed a wide range of work on Vitry has recently come out in a range of books and journals. Mission accomplished!
But there are nice things about edited volumes as well, so I though it would be fun to assemble a bibliography of work stemming from the conference, which can act as something of a virtual conference volume. Here it is, with links where they are available. I’ll update this post as new things come out. (Famous last words.)
- Margaret Bent and Kevin Brownlee, “Icarus, Phaeton, Haman: Did Vitry Know Dante?” forthcoming in Romania.
- Karen Desmond, “Arts old and new,” Chapter 4 of Music and the moderni, 1300-1350: The ars nova in Theory and Practice (Cambridge, 2018), 115–59.
- Karen Desmond, “‘One is the loneliest number . . .’: the semibreve stands alone,” Early Music 46, no. 3 (forthcoming), pre-print freely available here.
- Karen Desmond and Anna Zayaruznaya, Editorial to the Vitry issue, Early Music 46, no. 3 (forthcoming), pre-print freely available here.
- Elina G. Hamilton, “Philippe de Vitry in England: Musical Quotations in the Quatuor principalia and the Gratissima Tenors,” Studi Musicali, Nuova serie 09, no. 1 (2018), pp. 9–46.
- Jared C. Hartt, “The Problem of the Vitry Motet Corpus: Sonority, Kinship, Attribution.” Music Theory and Analysis 4 (2017), 192–228, linked here.
- Anne Walters Robertson, “A Musical Lesson for a King from the Roman de Fauvel,” in Music and Culture in the Middle Ages and Beyond: Liturgy, Sources, Symbolism, ed. Benjamin Brand and David J. Rothenberg (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 242-62.
- William Watson, “Philippe de Vitry, Levi ben Gershon, and the Consonant Whole Tone.” Music Theory and Analysis 5 (2018): 28–57. https://doi.org/10.11116/MTA.5.1.2
- Anna Zayaruznaya, “New Voices for Vitry,” Early Music 46, no. 3 (forthcoming), pre-print freely available here. and see the related blog post.