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Music Theory Carrigan Lecture: Jennifer Bain

"N-Gram Analysis as a Tool for Contextualizing the Music of Hildegard of Bingen"

February 1, 2024 | 4:30 pm

Zoom link: Passcode: 167898

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The Department of Music Theory hosts a virtual talk by Dr. Jennifer Bain as part of the Carrigan Lecture Series. In this talk, Bain will demonstrate what n-gram analysis can tell us about the music of 12th-century composer Hildegard of Bingen. With team members Kate Helsen (musicologist), Mark Daley (computer scientist), and Jake Schindler (research assistant), she has compared Hildegard’s 77 liturgical chants to the 6000 melodies captured in the Late Medieval Liturgical Offices dataset developed by Andrew Hughes and will present their key findings as well as avenues for further research.

Zoom link:

Passcode: 167898


JENNIFER BAIN is Professor of Musicology & Gender and Women’s Studies at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Professor Bain’s research interests include the secular music of 14th-century poet and composer, Guillaume de Machaut, medieval music theory,
digital chant research, the 19th- and 20th-century reception of Hildegard of Bingen, as well as issues surrounding the role of women in the production and composition of music.

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