HKUST Public Humanities Lectures
72nd Lecture - Ars Nova — Modernism in the Middle Ages
[第七十二講] 新藝術時期 - 中世紀的現代主義
The fourteenth century saw one of the many aesthetic revolutions characteristic of European art music: a new notation system gave composers greater expressive freedom, resulting in wild artistic experimentation that sowed the seeds of the Renaissance. The emergence of the ars nova style provoked heated debate between traditionalists and innovators, not unlike ones we have had in the last century. This lecture inspects the highly abstract polytextual layers, mathematically derived and precalculated isorhythmic patterns, and ambitious counterpoint in the masterpieces of 14th-century music, and their historical context. In their complexity, these works are both enigmatic to contemporary audiences as well as strikingly modern and fresh.
Speaker(s) Dr. Ilari KAILA (伊勒里博士)
Date 27 Sep 2015 (Sunday)
Time 3 - 5 pm
Venue Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History
Language English
Sponsor Hong Kong Museum of History
Remarks Free Admission; first come, first served
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