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Music, Time, and Devotion: Emotional Narratives at the Cathedral of Cambrai

Music, Time, and Devotion: Emotional Narratives at the Cathedral of Cambrai

Chapter:
(p.90) Chapter Three Music, Time, and Devotion: Emotional Narratives at the Cathedral of Cambrai
Source:
The Fullness of Time
Author(s):
Matthew S. Champion
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226514826.003.0004

This chapter interprets a conflict over music in the liturgy at Cambrai cathedral revealed in the writings of cathedral’s Dean, Gilles Carlier. It revises detemporalized theories of listening in musicology, and contributes to the history of emotions by showing the importance of emotional narratives – those arcs of emotional change which unfolded within the office, mass, liturgical seasons and year – in forming affective rhythms of time. The debate over the merits of polyphony at Cambrai is used as a way into thinking about how the history of time might illuminate ways of hearing the sacred polyphony associated with the cathedral, especially the work of the most famous composer of the fifteenth century, Guillaume Du Fay.

Keywords:   time, Cambrai, Cathedral, emotions, liturgy, music, polyphony, narrative, Guillaume Du Fay, Gilles Carlier

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