On September 17, the first UCMS (Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies) Lecture of the year will take place. Prof. Rebecca Maloy (University of Colorado) will give a lecture called Chant, Identity, and Christian Formation in Early Medieval Hispania.
Liturgical chant — both texts and melodies — played a central role in the cultural renewal of early Medieval Hispania (once known as the “Isidorian Renaissance”). The texts of the Old Hispanic chant were designed to teach biblical exegesis, linking to the theological and anti-Jewish works produced in Visigothic Hispania. The melodies shaped the delivery of the texts to underline words and phrases images of particular liturgical or doctrinal import. In this way, the chant worked toward the formation of individual Christian souls and a communal, Nicene identity.
Rebecca Maloy is Professor of Musicology and Director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Colorado.