From the Outer Spheres to the Inner Senses

November 4, 2022 (Friday) / 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th floor
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
3420 Walnut St

From the Outer Spheres to the Inner Senses

Finding Voices in Medieval Song

Sarah Kay

Professor Emerita, French Literature, Thought and Culture, New York University; Life Fellow of Girton College, University of Cambridge

Concordian Dawn

Presented by Penn’s Department of Music

This collaborative event – part lecture, part concert – by medieval literary scholar Sarah Kay and early music ensemble Concordian Dawn, under director Christopher Preston Thompson, draws on the experimental book Medieval Song from Aristotle to Opera (Kay) and its companion website of recordings (dir. Thompson). Together they find the sounds of medieval song in the least expected places: stars, the dawn light, the touch of a hand, beasts’ breath, and wild imaginings. The songs on their program range from the earliest alba to Machaut but their voices sound from the outer spheres to the inner senses.

Cosponsored by Penn's Departments of Classical Studies; Francophone, Italian, and Germanic Studies; and History; Center for Italian Studies; Comparative Literature & Literature Theory; Global Medieval & Renaissance Studies; Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts; and Wolf Humanities Center.