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Faculty Lecture: Melanie Batoff, Musicology Paper on Medieval Liturgical Drama

  • Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Choir Room, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music

Melanie Batoff, Assistant Professor of Music at Luther, will give a lecture titled "The Past Meets the Present: Strengthening Community through the Visitatio sepulchri Liturgical Drama". The lecture will take place on Sunday, October 22nd, in the choir room of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Luther's campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

This presentation will examine a liturgical drama known as the Visitatio sepulchri (Visit of the Sepulcher) that was performed on Easter Sunday in churches and monasteries during the Middle Ages. The presentation will focus on a version of the Easter reenactment performed at Salzburg Cathedral in the twelfth century that combined centuries old Gregorian chant with newer chants. Batoff will argue that this juxtaposition of old and new musical and textual elements helped to strengthen the sense of community among the clergy and the laity, while the staging reinforced rigid social hierarchies.

Demetria Armatas, a junior music major, will sing some of the examples.

Melanie Batoff teaches music history classes and coordinates senior papers at Luther College. She is a medieval musicologist, with secondary teaching and research interests in Renaissance music and ethnomusicology. Prior to her appointment at Luther, Batoff taught at Baldwin Wallace University.

Questions? Contact Melanie Batoff, 563-387-1211