What have been the roles of the built environment, of notation and of the division between sacred and profane space in the evolution of western music? This lecture will consider these questions, using as a frame of reference the model of three "Habitats" of song developed by ethnomusicologist Lynn Whidden. We will also consider the importance of silence and darkness in the generation of medieval sacred song and conclude with some observations on the relationship between modern, electronically produced music and music from pre-electronic eras.
Paul Shore is Visiting Scholar at St. Paul's College, the University of Manitoba and in 2013 was the Alan Richardson Fellow in Theology and Religion at the University of Durham. His publications include Narratives of Adversity: Jesuits on the Eastern Periphery of the Habsburg Realms (1640-1773) and Jesuits and the Politics of Religious Pluralism in Eighteenth-Century Transylvania.