New Relationships in Old Music: Is there a Connection Between the Music of Medieval Spain and the Music of the French Troubadours?
Dirks, Christine A.
Research Paper, DePaul University, May 1 (2009)
This inquiry into the Medieval and Renaissance music of Spain is rooted not only in a love of music, but in an enduring curiosity for all things left unconsidered. A passion for learning is perhaps more accurately defined as a passion for making new connections. To read a report of history, accept it, and move on is to ignore the most vital part of discovery; learning only comes alive when one can look around the history as it has been reported and search for the holes in the story, the unfair assumptions, and the ignored details. As the Preface suggests, Medieval Spain’s music has long remained an area of interest and is at the heart of this inquiry. This research is offered in response to the apparent ignorance that seems to accompany any knowledge about Spain’s involvement in the important movements that have shaped the history of music.