The project Connecting Medieval Music is a platform for the study of contrafacta of medieval Romance lyric. It constitutes a digital repertory of Occitan and French lyrics, as well as Latin, German, Italian, and Galician-Portuguese contrafacta connected to the Gallo-Romance tradition.
Thanks to its interactive interface, Connecting Medieval Music invites users to explore the connections between lyrics across Europe in their geographical and chronological dimensions.
The project does not only provide a list of known cases of contrafaction but aims to provide information on the formal and cultural features of each lyric: the circumstances of its compositions, the people involved, the events it mentions, the sources that preserve it, and much more. People, places, events, lyrics, and manuscripts are all linked in an interconnected network that reproduces a layer of Europe's cultural history.
Principal investigator: Stefano Milonia (University of Warwick)
Collaborators: Samuele Maria Visalli (Università di Roma Sapienza), Ermes Faillace (Università di Roma Sapienza), Giulia Boitani (University of Cambridge).
The Connecting Medieval Music platform uses MedMus – DH-DW extension for medieval music, literature, and cultural heritage, created by Stefano Milonia.
DH-DW (Digital Humanities-Data Workbench) is a Drupal-based software created by Steve Ranford and ComputerMinds, firstly buil for the project Oiko.world, directed by professor Micheal Scott.
MedMus has been adopted by the project Prosopographical Atlas of Romance Literature, with which we have had a data-sharing agreement.
MedMus data model implements an extended version of the CIDOC-CRM especially crafted for medieval literary and musical works.