Flamboyant Music, Polyphonic Architecture

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
February 17, 2020 - 5:30pm

Through images, sound, history and theory, the talk reveals surprising affinities between the design of 'flamboyant' architecture and polyphonic music in 15th-century France. As one allows close analysis of the music to inform and illuminate the architecture, a brilliantly polyphonic imagination is revealed and, with it, a multiplication of subjectivities that have yet to be adequately grasped by musicologists or architecture historians. Thus, notwithstanding its fascinating historic interest, the more important implication of Dr. Boone's case study is the incentive it provides for a more general scheme of parallel processing, relational analyses, and microhistories among discreet disciplinary practices in the arts.

For a music sample, Listen!