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Symposium: A Celebration of Music Manuscripts

Symposium: A Celebration of Music Manuscripts In-Person

In early 2017 Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Sydney added three manuscripts to its significant collection of Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts. This Symposium is to celebrate these additions, and to mark the doubling of this collection since the last Symposium ten years ago (“Cathedral, Court, City and Cloister:  Spanish Liturgical Music Manuscripts and their International Contexts”).

Jointly convened by Rare Books and the Medieval and Early Modern Centre at the University of Sydney, this Symposium brings together scholars from Spain, Taiwan, Canada, the United States and Australia. In addition to papers addressing twelve selected manuscripts and their international contexts, Rare Books is hosting a Reception which will include a book launch, and a short concert of excerpts from the manuscripts. The book, “Mapping Processions: Four Sixteenth-century Spanish Music Manuscripts in Sydney, is by the keynote Speaker Dr. David Andrés Fernández (Spain).

The Symposium will be accompanied by an Exhibition of a selection of the manuscripts.

Friday 15 June 2018
9:30am - 5:00pm
Time Zone:
Sydney, Melbourne (change)
Fisher Seminar Room (218), level 2
Registration has closed.

The Medieval and Early Modern Centre and Rare Books & Special Collections present



June 14-15 2018 in Fisher Library Seminar Room, Second Floor.  


A Celebration of Music Manuscripts.

Convened by Jane Hardie (MEMC) and Julie Sommerfeldt (RBSC)

Day 1 – June 14

4.00pm           Welcome to Country and Housekeeping (Julie Sommerfeldt); Intro (Dan Anlezark); Opening: Associate Professor                                    Peter McCallum: Director, Education Strategy and Acting Registrar

4.15pm         Keynote Lecture: David Andrés Fernández (Spain). Sixteenth-century Spanish Processional Books at Fisher Library:                                  Codicology, Liturgy and Music (Fisher Library Add. Mss 358, F406, F380, F407). (Chair: Jane Hardie)

5.30pm        Reception and Book Launch (by Julie Sommerfeldt) of

Mapping Processions: Four Sixteenth-Century Spanish

 Music Manuscripts in Sydney.by David Andrés Fernández with Jane Morlet Hardie (ed.) published by the Institute of Mediaeval Music Canada, 2018.

Including short concert max 20 minutes from the Manuscripts.

James Forsyth with a small “schola” of ca. 6 singers (Maddox, Harvey, Gluyas, Polson, Ruiz-Torres, McLean).

Day 2   - June 15

9.30-11.00am  Session 1

Introduction to the Collection: (Julie Sommerfeldt

1. Nicholas Sparks (Sydney): History of Fisher Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections: A Context for the Spanish Collection

Monkish Manuscripts I: (Dan Anlezark)

2. Simon Polson (USA/Sydney): They come different and the same: Augustinian manuscripts from different places and times (Fisher Library Add. MSS 367 and 411).

3. Jason Stoessel (UNE): New Light on the Musical Life of San Donato in Polverosa: Fisher Library Add. Ms. 412.  To be read by Alan Maddox.

11.00-11.30am  Morning Tea (Provided by Library)

11.30-1.00pm  Session 2

Monkish Manuscripts II: Spain (Santiago Ruiz Torres)

4. Robert Curry (Sydney): On Fisher Library Add. Ms. 364 Regla de las Monjas de Santa Clara.

5. Kathleen Nelson (Sydney): Luysa de Quiñones’ Book: Seeking Identity and History for an Antiphonal (Fisher Library  Folio 1)

6. Barbara Swanson (Canada): "From Chant into Song: Our Lady of the Snows, Fisher Library Add. MS 376, and Female Religious Devotion in Early Modern Spain.

1.00-2.15pm    Lunch (Provided by Library)

2.15-3.15pm    Session 3

Spanish/Italian Perspectives, 16th-18th centuries (Kathleen Nelson)

7. Jen-yen Chen (Taiwan): Operatic genre, Aria Typology, and Gender in Niccolo Conforto’s “La festa cinese” for the Madrid Royal Court.

8. Alan Maddox (Sydney): Affective tropes and political theatre in Antonio Caldara’s operas for Charles III of Spain.

3.15-3.45pm    Afternoon Tea (Provided by Library)

3.45-5.00pm     Session 4 

And Back to Spain (David Andrés Fernández)

9. Jane Hardie (Sydney): Let’s all Sing Alleluia: Fisher Library Add. Ms. 349 and Salamanca Cathedral Ms.11).

10. Santiago Ruiz Torres (Spain): Reconstructing Fisher Library Add. Ms. 370: musical and liturgical identity in the Spanish world.


Brief wrap up and open discussion.

Event Organizer

Julie Sommerfeldt