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The Past Has Ears at Notre-Dame: interactions between archaeoacoustics and musicology for new interpretation proposals for the polyphonies of Notre-Dame

Abstract : The PHEND Project examines musical practices in Notre-Dame of Paris Cathedral from the time of its construction until today. Were the architectural modifications of this building the cause or consequence of the rise of the Notre-Dame School polyphonies at the end of the XIIth century? We propose to show how the interaction between scientific disciplines informs performers about the compositions and their interpretation from the perspective of acoustic data. The spatial organization of the cathedral at that time, the intended audience and the reverberation of the sound, for example, inform us about the number of singers for specific pieces, their ability to develop more and more virtuosic polyphonies and the composers' purpose. Because of the still very important oral tradition at this time, experimentations with singers and acousticians reveal possibilities for which written sources lack sufficient detail.
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Valérie Nunes-Le Page, Frédéric Billiet. The Past Has Ears at Notre-Dame: interactions between archaeoacoustics and musicology for new interpretation proposals for the polyphonies of Notre-Dame. Musiktheorie - Zeitschrift für Musikwissenchaft, 2022, Virtuelle Klängraüme der Vormoderne, 2022 (1), pp.64. ⟨hal-03778963⟩

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