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160034 SE Pierre de la Rue (2015W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German



Mittwochs, 12:30-14:00, Seminarraum, Institut für Musikwissenschaft
1. Termin: 07.10.2015
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Personen, die dem 1. Termin unentschuldigt fernbleiben, werden von der Lehrveranstaltung abgemeldet. Dadurch frei werdende Plätze werden an anwesende Personen von der Warteliste vergeben.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Pierre de la Rue, who served for almost a quarter of a century as chapel singer at the Habsburg-Burgundian court, must be regarded as one of the most important composers of the generation around 1500, alongside such major figures as Jacob Obrecht, Josquin Desprez, Henricus Isaac, Alexander Agricola and Antoine Brumel. Nevertheless, a great part of La Rue’s music has yet not been analyzed and culture-historically contextualized in an exhaustive manner. This situation will most certainly improve thanks to the scholarly activities in the wake of the quincentenary of La Rue’s death in 2018. It is especially with regard to this anniversary that the Seminar is intended to be a research Seminar, not destined to merely reflect the scholarly state of debate, but to produce new knowledge: to strive for a better understanding of sources (quite a few of them in Vienna), musical works, techniques of composition (like canon or ostinato techniques) and culture-historical horizons – in the hope that some useful contributions to La Rue research may count among the results.

Assessment and permitted materials

As usual, at the end a Seminararbeit has to be written as a product of individual research.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

see the remarks on content

Examination topics

Each participant has to choose his/her own focus of research among the specified areas - e. g. a certain source, a composition, a compositional technique or a cultural-historical horizon (or some combination of several features). There are no single presentations, but collaborative work on common themes. A small research essay has to be written during the term.

Reading list

Honey Meconi, Style and authenticity in the secular music of Pierre de la Rue, ph. D. Thesis, Harvard 1986.
Honey Meconi, Pierre de la Rue and musical life at the Habsburg-Burgundian court, Oxford 2003
Die Motetten von Pierre de la Rue = Die Tonkunst 5 (2011), H. 1
Pierre de la Rue, Opera omnia (Corpus mensurabilis musicae 97)

Association in the course directory

B08, B09, B15, B17; M01, M04, M05, M06, M12, M14

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