This is a post that you could read many places and have probably thought about many times, but therein lies some of the pleasure. This is a post about live music. Specifically live medieval music. Specifically live music with a live story performance. Specifically Dolores Hydock and PanHarmonium bringing the 13th-century romance Silence to life last night at DePauw (ok, this is the par tthat you probably haven't thought about many times). This has been a dream of mine since I first saw even just the poster of the performance at Kalamazoo about seven years ago. And in the calm of last year's sabbatical (in the now treasured memory space of our third floor study), I contacted Dolores and started gathering the funding to bring them here. I taught "Love and War in Medieval Art and Literature" in the fall and "Women and Medieval Art" in the spring, and thought and thought about those students and what it might mean to the to study the art and literature and see it come to life not just through their own questions and whatever gesticulations I can bring, but through this incredible performer, through these phenomenal musicians. I envy you if you've never experienced one of their performances, for to see medieval literature come alive beneath these notes and voices is sublime; I envy you more if you've seen more than one because, well, you have!
As I write this, I am becoming more and more excited about this afternoon's performance of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Oliver was in when I mentioned they'd be playing a shawm, which was described by Dolores as sounding "like a goose getting a wedgie" - Gilbert, one of the musicians, said that they seldom let it out of its cage. Let's go!
|The Green Knight!|
|Bertilak's Lady and Gawain|