A collaborative, interdisciplinary effort by Universities of Exeter, Amsterdam, Clemson, Youngstown State, and City University of New York, along with the collaboration of The Orlando Consort, to study the works of 14th Century composer Guillaume de Machaut. In the Home section of this web site we read that it is a "digital research environment dedicated to the study of fourteenth-century poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut". In the About the Project section it says it "offers a range of resources produced by the project team, including purpose-made sound recordings of selected musical works with accompanying commentaries, a searchable archive of Machaut's lyrics, and links to other materials for Machaut Studies" … The most useful sections of this website are the links to very good quality images of Machaut's manuscripts at the Bibliotèque national de France, discussions about different aspects of his music, links to commercial editions and recordings (the links to YouTube recordings are very difficult to find) and commentaries on the recordings.
Type of Material:
A reference material website that contains discussions, articles, musical examples - interconnected - regarding the music of Machaut.
The interconnected nature of the site lends itself to those interested in interdisciplinary work. However, it may prove useful to scholars at several different levels, beginning with the advanced singer/instrumentalist focusing on early music, and including those at the advance pre-college, undergrad, graduate levels. Additionally, material connects scholars and researchers in multiple focus areas.
Standard browser with online access. referenced musical examples are hyperlinked to YouTube, and each YouTube example connects back to discussion on website.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The intention of the website is to "unite scholars from different disciplines in a programme of collaborative research into Machaut’s works and sources." In other words, it intends to be a resource for students, performers and scholars interested in deep exploration and research of focus material. The material includes: 1. Links to images of Machaut manuscripts at the Bibliotèque nationale de France. 2. Discussions about different aspects of his music. 3. Links to commercial editions and recordings and commentaries on the recordings. 4. Individual study, class, lecture.
Target Student Population:
Advanced preparatory conservatory students; music majors at undergraduate conservatories and universities; music students at the graduate level; early music scholars; those studying early music performance practice.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
A knowledge of medieval musical notation; an understanding of the historical development of musical style and the relevance of Machaut in this continuum. It is important that the user be willing to "drill down" within articles to get full information.
This seems a comprehensive site, created by experts in the music of Machaut. It contains exhaustive connections to all of Machaut's works, as it connects the visitor to the websites of collaborating institutions and includes excellent images of Machaut's manuscripts.
The content of the site is of a high quality. However, if not logged in, one cannot access all aspects of the site.
Because it's very specialized material it will be useful for advanced students and researchers Many pages say that they are "under construction and will be available Spring 2013". I wonder if the site is being updated. Under the section “Forthcoming” we find a link to a “Project Conference” that will take place on the 29th and 30th April 2013. Certainly, it looks like an abandoned page. A link from the main page to a "searchable archive of Machaut's lyrics" is broken. The online recording are very difficult to find.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
To the experienced researcher, scholar and early music performer, the site provides access to interesting discussions and musical examples that relate to these discussions. As well, it provides access to a listing of all works by Machaut, hyperlinked to further information and material.
One must have an understanding of the cataloging system used for the works of Machaut to truly understand the value of the site and its discussions. It is only then that one can more fully understand the discussion of the variants between and among manuscripts under study.
The web site organization could be much more effective. It's rather difficult to find the hidden treasures this web site has to offer. I wouldn't be surprised that many visitors go away without knowing what they have missed.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Even for the amateur visitor, it is interesting to navigate the site to its various components. Particularly interesting are the links between discussions and musical examples on YouTube.
One must be able to log in to reap the full benefit of this site. For example, as one clicks through to view images of manuscripts, one is unable to view these on the site to which one is taken. It is unclear how to create an account or whether an account on the Machaut site gains the viewer access to other sites hyperlinked. This reviewer has reached out to the site for instructions and information and will be provided, should it become clear.
Other Issues and Comments:
This site seems valuable to students and scholars approaching from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. It may be useful to the casual visitor, interested in deepening their knowledge of the subject matter offered, to be able to become a member and log in to the site easily. Information about this needs to be more prominently displayed on the Home Page, perhaps.
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