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MEMS Colloquium: “Listeners as Players, Music As Play”

April 7 at 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Elizabeth Randell Upton

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) minor of UMBC’s Department of History hosts Elizabeth Randell Upton, associate professor of musicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, whose primary research area is medieval music. Her recent work examines late fourteenth and early fifteenth century vocal music to discover evidence for the experiences of performers and listeners in the medieval past, recorded in surviving musical notation.

Elizabeth Randell Upton studies vocal music, performance, the experience of music, historiography, and codicology from the perspectives of material history and play theory. She understands music to be a process, created by the interactions between composers, performers, and listeners, and believes that exploring the relationships between these categories of musicians can further understanding of musical experience in the historical past. Her primary research focus is medieval music, with a secondary focus on medievalism and music, especially the reception and performance of Early Music in later periods.

Admission is free. Join this event online via Zoom.



April 7
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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