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Dr Juliet Ó Brien
“I like when the frog sings …” —Marcabru, “Bel m’es qan li rana chanta” course design; teaching is also construction work and creative and critical 1/
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
Replying to @obrienatrix
2/ the course (for this coming September) is built around that poem; it’s in Old Occitan, from the second quarter of the 12th c.; modern edition and translation: Simon Gaunt, Ruth Harvey, and Linda Paterson (2000).
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
Replying to @obrienatrix
3/ one of its undercurrent themes will be multidimensional reading, including multiple points of view; here, for example, is the scene in 1/ above from a more famous angle and a few minutes before …
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
Replying to @obrienatrix
4/ but also: : “one thing at a time” a.k.a. “finish one thing before starting another”
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
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5/ and in case you were wondering what happened next …
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
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6/ and now, back to the four parallel threads of and their associated and ; and means
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
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Manuscripts for “Bel m’es qan li rana chanta” 1/4 chansonnier C, fr. 856 f. 172v-173r; 14th c. (the manuscript, that is; in all four mss, the poem is in Old Occitan)
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
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2/4 chansonnier M, fr. 12473 f. 141v-142r; 13th c. Italian ms, from the library of the 16th-c. humanist scholar Fulvius Orsini, via the Vatican collection (I think??? one of the manuscripts reappropriated by Napoleon in 1797)
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
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3/4 chansonnier R, fr. 22543 f. 29v-30r; 14th c. Occitan
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
Replying to @GallicaBnF
(a fabulous manuscript with areas set aside for adding in musical notation; there isn’t any for this poem, but if you browse the whole manuscript—freely readable online, merci 😘—you’ll find other poems with accompanying music or at least its start; also, lovely frog)
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
Replying to @obrienatrix
4/4 Chansonnier a1: Modena, Biblioteca Estense, Campori γ.N.8.4.11-13 p. 363-364; 16th c. Italian copy of lost 13th c. manuscript (a.k.a. the Bernart Amoroso chansonnier) (good luck: insecure site, not updated since I think 2017, page still not yet loaded)
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
Replying to @obrienatrix
… and that’s using three different browsers on a tablet, and it’s now crashed a laptop too (yes, I’ve not read all 120+ manuscripts; my big lacuna is Italian manuscripts, all of them for the same reasons as this one: access, inc. 🤬y digitisation)
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
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5/4 but! I FOUND GOD!! or rather, a new deity & a fitting one for the 🙄😳🥺🤯 of navigating 🤬🤬🤬🤬 excuses for , just in time for that Friday evening moment between happy hour & l’heure bleue. Meet Fufluns.
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
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4/4 continued: exciting live-action research update! 1 hour 45 minutes then 2 hours after I started to upload it, this is as far as we’ve got with chansonnier a1 on the last browser standing 😢
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
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4/4 Estense manuscript update: and we're in! It's taken over three hours and two volumes of Queen's Greatest Hits and then some.
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
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FINALMENTE Screenshots of Marcabru, "Bel m'es qan li rana chanta" from chansonnier a1, to the tune of Queen, "Too Much Love Will Kill You." I kid ye not.
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
Replying to @obrienatrix
Queen is one of the best accompaniments to (medieval Occitan) troubadour work. It's not unusual for songs to create contrafactum resonances, lyric echoes both uncanny and all too canny across the centuries. L-R: playing when the ms finally uploaded; screenshotting; and now.
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Dr Juliet Ó Brien May 31
Replying to @obrienatrix
3+ hours 2 machines 3 browsers on each And that’s just 1 manuscript, for working with 1 poem. As inaccessible or worse: Modena, Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, α R.4.4 (chansonnier D) Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, R 71 sup. (G) Bib. Ambros. D 465 inf. (Fb) & R. 105 sup. (y)
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