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Pierre de la Rue and Music at the Habsburg-Burgundian Court

Mechelen (B), Hof van Busleyden, 20-23 November 2018

Organised by the KU Leuven (Department of Musicology), Alamire Foundation (Leuven), with the support of the City of Mechelen and the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)

Theme and Focus

20 November 2018 will mark the quincentenary of the death of Pierre de la Rue, leading composer at the Habsburg-Burgundian court. In honour of this renowned yet still under-studied master, the Alamire Foundation, International Centre for the Study of Music in the Low Countries and the Department of Musicology (KU Leuven) is organizing a conference from Tuesday 20 November to Friday 23 November 2018. The conference will take place at the ‘Busleyden Court’ in Mechelen. The court, a beautiful Renaissance palace once owned by the humanist Hieronymus Busleyden (+ 1517), counselor of Margaret of Austria and friend of Erasmus, will function as Mechelen’s new City Museum from June 2018. The so-called Mechelen Choirbook, one of the largest and best-preserved of the music manuscripts made in the workshop of Petrus Alamire (+ 1536) and an important source for la Rue’s music, will be permanently displayed there.

The conference aims to treat both Pierre de la Rue himself as well as the context for his life and work.

Provisional Programme

Tuesday, 20 November

12.45 pm Registration and coffee

1.30 - 2.30 pm Welcome and keynote speech

  • Welcome words by David Burn (KU Leuven) and Bart Demuyt (Alamire Foundation)
  • Honey Meconi (US, University of Rochester), Pierre de la Rue: Beginnings

2.30 pm Coffee break

3 - 5.30 pm Session

Chair: David Burn

  • Bonnie Blackburn (UK), A Puzzle in La Rue’s Biography: Did He Serve the King of Hungary?
  • Helen Coffey (UK, Lecturer in Music, Open University): Maximilian I and the Burgundian Court: Musical Interaction in the Habsburg Empire Schedule
  • Keith Polk (US), Pierre de la Rue, Margaret of Austria, and innovative performance practices in Mechelen in the early sixteenth century
  • Robert Nosow (US), Hobrecht, La Rue, and the Cardinal of Florence
  • Marina Schwarz (D, University of Mainz), Melancholic and intellectual? Views on Pierre de la Rue in the 19th and 20th century

8 pm Concert

Binchois Consort, dir. Andrew Kirkman
The Disconsolate Woman and the Queen of Heaven: Marian Devotions by La Rue and Friends
Mechelen, Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Wednesday, 21 November

Chair: Christiane Wiesenfeldt

9 - 10.30 am Session

  • Guillaume Bunel (F, Université Paris-Sorbonne), The Notation of La Rue's Missa O salutaris hostia
  • Emily Zazulia (US, Berkely University of California), The notational complexity in La Rue's Missa Alleluia
  • Warwick Edwards (UK, University of Glasgow), How La Rue sets words

10.30 am Coffee break

11 am - 12.30 pm Session

  • Wolfgang Fuhrmann (D, University of Leipzig), La Rue’s Approach to Modality
  • Peter Urquhart (US, University of New Hampshire), Can't we come to some agreement? Cadences in La Rue's sacred music
  • Bernhold Schmid (D, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften), The Gamma Γ-Clef in Pierre de la Rues Requiem and its History

12.30 pm Lunch

Chair: David Fallows

1.30 - 3.30 pm Session

  • Thomas Schmidt (UK, University. of Huddersfield), Liber magnus - liber mediocris - liber parvus? On manuscript transmission and genre in the works of Pierre de la Rue
  • Bernadette Nelson (PT, CESEM), Josquin’s Missa Pange lingua reconsidered: further thematic links with music in the Alamire manuscripts
  • Brett Kostrzewski (US, Boston University), Questions of Proximity and authority in the Transmission of La Rue’s Early Masses
  • Andrea Lindmayr-Brandl (AT, University of Salzburg), Pierre de la Rue’s posthumous career in German prints

3.30 pm Coffee break

4 - 6 pm Session

  • Vincenzo Borghetti (IT, University of Verona), Ockeghem-De la Rue-Pipelare: Anthologies of Sorrow from the Low Countries
  • Manuel del Sol (ES, Universidad de Valladolid), Imperial Laments at the Spanish Habsburg-Burgundian Court: The Plainsong of the Lamentations of Jeremiah in Polyphony
  • Ana López Suero (ES, Universidad de Valladolid), Musical Landscapes in the Journey of the Flemish Chapel through Castilla
  • Vassiliki Koutsobina (GR, University of Athens), Desolated Hearts for a “Mad” Queen? Cueurs desolez, La Rue, Josquin and the others

6 - 11 pm Trip to Leuven by coach

  • Visit to the Library of Voices (Alamire Foundation)
  • Conference dinner at Park Abbey 

Thursday, 22 November

Chair: Fabrice Fitch

9 - 11 am Session

  • Soterraña Aguirre Rincón (ES, Universidad de Valladolid), The canción Nunca fue pena mayor and its “art-song reworking” Missa Nuncqua fue pena maior
  • Rachel Carpentier (US, Boston University), Never was there Greater Fame: Two Masses on Nunca fue and their Models
  • William Kempster (AUS), Pierre de la Rue’s Missa Pourquoy non. A Case for Re-Evaluation
  • Samuel Bradley (US, Boston University), The Missa Sine nomine II, the Frankfurt Choirbook, and the German La Rue

11 am Coffee break

11.30 am - 12.30 pm Session

  • Carlo Bosi (AT, University of Salzburg), ‘L’amour de moy sy est enclouse’: Pierre de la Rue’s isolated Credo in the Context of the Song’s Transmission
  • Annerose Tartler (AT, University of Vienna), Bigger and better: La Rue's Credo. Angeli Archangeli and Competitive Borrowing

12.30 pm Lunch

Chair: Wolfgang Fuhrmann

1.30 - 3.30 pm Session

  • Stefan Gasch (AT, University of Vienna), The Art of Greeting the Virgin: Pierre de la Rue’s settings of Ave Regina caelorum and Salve Mater Salvatoris
  • Jacobijn Kiel (CZ), The Salve Regina settings of Pierre de la Rue
  • Daniel Tiemeyer (D, Institute of Musicology, Weimar-Jena), An analytical approach to the Magnificat-cycle of Pierre de La Rue
  • Eric Jas (NL, University of Utrecht), Salve Jhesu summe bone. A recovered motet of Pierre de la Rue?

3.30 pm Coffee break

4 - 5.30 pm Session

  • Paul Kolb (B, Leuven University), Ligatures, text and La Rue: new thoughts on scribal practice in the Alamire workshop
  • David Fallows (UK, University of Manchester), Chronology and context for the songs of Pierre de la Rue
  • Adam Knight Gilbert (US, University of Southern California), Songs That Know Each Other: Identifying Anonymous Franco-Flemish Composers in Polyphonic Sources (ca. 1460-1500)

8 - 10 pm Visit to the Museum Hof van Busleyden

The Mechelen Choirbook and the Grand Chansonnier of Margaret of Austria will be on display.

Friday, 23 November

Chair: Honey Meconi

9 - 10 am Session

  • David Rothenberg (US, Case Western Reserve University), La Rue and the Liturgical Year
  • Philip Weller (UK, University of Nottingham), La Rue, the idea of liturgical topic, and its artistic realisation – a case of ‘Musikgeschichte nach Aufgaben’?

10 am Coffee break

10.30 am - 12.30 pm

  • Cory McKay (CA) (reading paper co-authored by Julie E. Cumming), Contrapuntal Style: Josquin Desprez vs. Pierre de la Rue
  • Michael Meyer (CH, University of Zürich), Ostinato, Copia and Varietas: Observations on Pierre de La Rue's Missa Cum iocunditate and Josquin's Missa La sol fa re mi
  • María Elena Cuenca Rodriguez (ES, Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Between Burgundy, Castile and Aragon: shared practices in La Rue’s and Peñalosa’s masses
  • Aaron James (CA, University of Toronto), La Rue as Classic: Benedictus Appenzeller and the Burgundian Musical Tradition

12.30 pm Final Conclusions

Registration (until 11 November 2018)

Full Conference fee € 120
Students € 60
Day Fee € 40

Registration form

The registration fee for the full conference includes: access to the conference and all sessions, including conference materials, coffee breaks, lunches, a ticket for the opening concert and welcome reception on Tuesday 20 November 2018 and a ticket to visit Museum Hof van Busleyden on Thursday 22 November 2018.

Not included in the registration fee: Conference dinner on Wednesday 21 November 2018: an additional amount of € 35 will be requested.

* You are eligible for the student fee if you are a Master student or a PhD-student in the academic year 2018-2019. A certificate of enrolment or a letter signed by your supervisor needs to be provided by e-mail (LaRue@kuleuven.be)

** If you require an invoice, please select 'bank transfer', and send an e-mail to LaRue@kuleuven.be and please do not pay before receiving the invoice. The invoice will be sent to you by e-mail, together with payment instructions. Please do not request an invoice if you have already paid by credit card or bank transfer.

*** Accommodation: Room allocations for participants to La Rue 2018 have been taken in Mechelen. To see more information about hotels and to make your reservation please click here

Information LaRue@kuleuven.be

Scientific committee

David Burn, KU Leuven (B)
Anne-Emmanuelle Ceulemans, Université Catholique de Louvain (B)
Marie-Alexis Colin, Université Libre de Bruxelles (B)
Bart Demuyt, Alamire Foundation, director
Wolfgang Fuhrmann, Leipzig University, Institute of Musicology at (D)
Honey Meconi, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music (USA)
Eugeen Schreurs, Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen (B)
Philippe Vendrix, Université de Liège (B)
Christiane Wiesenfeldt, University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar (D)

Organising committee

David Burn, KU Leuven
Bart Demuyt, Alamire Foundation, director 
Klaartje Proesmans, Alamire Foundation, staff member
Jo Santy, Alamire Foundation, operational coordinator
KU Leuven, Conference & Events Office

With the appreciated support of

City of Mechelen, Museum Hof van Busleyden (Mechelen)
FWO (Research Foundation - Flanders)