Poster or Presentation Title

L' homme armé: A Secular Work for Sacred Mass

Presenter Information

Leray Wingo, Lynchburg CollegeFollow

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2017

End Date

April 2017

Department

Music

Abstract

Abstract

Although the cantus firmus L’homme armé formed the basis for masses of the Renaissance era, this French secular song continues to inspire composers of the 21st century. With the intent of improving music pedagogy and performance, the purpose of this research was to examine the uses L’homme armé in both sacred and secular settings. The specific problems of this study were as follows: (1) to trace the origins and uses of L’homme armé; (2) to compare the masses based on the cantus firmus L’homme armé; and (3) create an original composition that utilizes contrafactum.

When tracing the origins and uses of L’homme armé, no definitive evidence confirms that the piece originated in Burgundy, however individual pieces of evidence make a strong case for a Burgundian Provenance. Comparing the masses based on the cantus firmus L’homme armé revealed that although the pieces are based on the same melody, have distinct differences.

An original composition that utilizes the contrafactum concept accompanies this research, and models practice of Renaissance composers. For future research and implications, the concept of contrafactum can be employed to teach people of all ages how to use music and text interchangeably to create new genres and refresh old ones.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Cynthia Ramsey

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L' homme armé: A Secular Work for Sacred Mass

Abstract

Although the cantus firmus L’homme armé formed the basis for masses of the Renaissance era, this French secular song continues to inspire composers of the 21st century. With the intent of improving music pedagogy and performance, the purpose of this research was to examine the uses L’homme armé in both sacred and secular settings. The specific problems of this study were as follows: (1) to trace the origins and uses of L’homme armé; (2) to compare the masses based on the cantus firmus L’homme armé; and (3) create an original composition that utilizes contrafactum.

When tracing the origins and uses of L’homme armé, no definitive evidence confirms that the piece originated in Burgundy, however individual pieces of evidence make a strong case for a Burgundian Provenance. Comparing the masses based on the cantus firmus L’homme armé revealed that although the pieces are based on the same melody, have distinct differences.

An original composition that utilizes the contrafactum concept accompanies this research, and models practice of Renaissance composers. For future research and implications, the concept of contrafactum can be employed to teach people of all ages how to use music and text interchangeably to create new genres and refresh old ones.