video: “Rollant et Renart”

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The video and programme handout, with thanks to the perfomers for giving permission to post the former, and to Chantal Phan for the latter. When watching the video, it is recommended that the viewer skip to around the 3 minute mark to get straight to the performance itself and thus avoid and evade the unnecessary clownish introduction.*

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“ROLLANT AND RENART”
A musical performance of Medieval French narrative texts

Wednesday, November 27, from 12:00 to 12:50
Meekison Arts Student Space, room D-140 — main floor of Buchanan Building wing D.
12:00 noon
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In the Middle Ages, almost all narratives were sung. To experiment with this lively approach to literature and to the Old French language, Chantal Phan’s FREN 407 class, students from the School of Music, and medieval vielle specialist Pat Unruh will perform excerpts from the 11th-c. SONG OF ROLAND (epic poem) and the 12th-13th-c. ROMANCE OF RENART (a satirical animal narrative). The performance will also include other repertoire: French two and three-part motets, a Gregorian lament, and an instrumental dance. Instruments: bowed vielle, organetto, recorders and percussion.

Commentary in English, and English translations of all sung passages provided on the handout.

Performers: Maegen Andolfatto, Kevin Dickie, John Inglis, Colin Jones (soloist), Line Lavoie, Maria Marion, Chantal Phan, Angelique Po, Jennine Punzalan, Chloe Sargent, Pat Unruh.

Conception and musical arrangements: Chantal Phan, Pat Unruh

Camcorder operator: Dorian Simonneaux

Poster (attached): Jennine Punzalan

info: chantal.phan@ubc.ca

* O’Brien apologizes for her clownishness, poor posture, and the unfortunate presence of “grading-gut” from excessive time spent sitting down slouching over work. Occupational hazard combined with insufficient exercise of late. To be remedied by running with deer in the woods etc. We apologise for the unintended contributions from a drinks vending-machine’s automated cooling apparatus; complaints should be addressed to whichever part of UBC is responsible for dealing with Coca-Cola™.

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