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International Machaut Society

We've moved!

These pages have moved south from Vanderbilt, their original host, to Loyola University New Orleans. As the new webmaster for the International Machaut Society, I'd like publicly and enthusiastically to thank Cynthia Cyrus for developing, maintaining, and hosting these pages. I'll try to keep them up as well as I can, but the creative work is all Cynthia's.

Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, reports of broken links, suggestions of new things to add, or anything else.

Alice V. Clark
College of Music and Fine Arts, Loyola University New Orleans

Who are we?

The International Machaut Society is a not-for-profit scholarly organization founded in 1985 and devoted to the study, criticism, performance, research, and exchange of ideas related to all aspects of the works of the poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377) and their manuscript and performance traditions.

Fields of inquiry fostered by the Society include, but are not limited to, literary history and criticism; music history, criticism, and theory; the performing arts; art history; and codicology. Study and performance of works of other poets and composers or of other performance and manuscript traditions are also included within activities sponsored by the Society insofar as they contribute significantly to study of the background, context, or influence of the works of Machaut.

The Society encourages membership with the broadest possible international representation and currently boasts members from almost every continent. Any person may become a member of the International Machaut Society upon payment of dues.  Right now we are unfortunately only able to accept U. S. funds, but we are looking into ways to receive other currencies.

What we do

The Society meets annually at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI. At this convention the Society ordinarily sponsors several sessions of scholarly papers and discussion, plus a business meeting and luncheon. For more information on our plans for the next meeting, check here.

This year we will also sponsor two sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds; for more information see this page.

In addition to this web site, which includes a page of links to other Machaut web sites, the Society publishes a newsletter and sponsors the Sarah Jane Williams Award, given every other year.

The Newsletter

Members receive an annual issue of Ymaginer, the Newsletter of the International Machaut Society. Submit conference news, abstracts, reviews, comments, letters to the editor, and notices of Machaut papers, publications and performances to the Executive Secretary.

Sarah Jane Williams Award

The society offers the Sarah Jane Williams Award, a $500 prize in memory of the founder of the society. The award, given every other year, is designed to promote the study, criticism, performance, research, and exchange of ideas related to all aspects of the works of Guillaume de Machaut. Applications are due by 1 March 2011 for the next award. For further information, see the formal announcement of this prize.

Announcement--We Win Prizes!

The IMS Web Site was awarded a Links2go "medieval music" award in 2001. This award is a statistical measure of our "connectedness." In other words, it is a measure of how many external websites link to ours. At the time of the award, we were the third most frequently cited site for Medieval Music on the World Wide Web.

In the past several years, we have also won several other prizes. The IMS runs one of the few web sites to receive a Gloriana Class Act award, awarded by Elizabeth G. Melillo, Ph. D.. This award is given in recognition of valuable content on WWW sites. Though design is also a consideration, the criteria emphasize a contribution to the internet that is original, and of artistic or intellectual significance.

The IMS also notes that it is the entry point for Machaut research on the DMOZ open directory project. As they describe it, "the Open Directory Project's goal is to produce the most comprehensive directory of the web, by relying on a vast army of volunteer editors." Their motto is "humans do it better."

We were also one of the sites honored by the Triangle d'or in the Liste de diffusion Formatic 2000.

Bibliographies and Abstracts

Thanks to the work of our members, the IMS now sponsors two bibliographies: one by R. Barton Palmer on texts and one by Kevin N. Moll on music.

We also provide a schedule and abstracts for recent papers given at Society meetings in Kalamazoo and Leeds; see here for details. 

Finding materials by or about Machaut

The best single source for information about Machaut, his manuscripts, and his works is Lawrence Earp, Guillaume de Machaut: A Guide to Research, Garland Composer Resource Manuals 36 (New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1995). (Note that Garland books are now handled through Routledge Publishers.)

A number of the narrative poems have been edited and translated; many of those are also available through Garland/Routledge. See Barton Palmer's bibliography for details.

Machaut's music exists in two editions. The better one is Friedrich Ludwig's, which is unfortunately out of print, but Leo Schrade's is available in five reprint volumes. Éditions de l'Oiseau-Lyre is currently offering those five reprint volumes for 175 euros; single volumes are also available. Consult their web site for details.

We aren't able to maintain a discography of Machaut's works, though we heartily recommend the one in Larry Earp's book as a starting point. We're glad to hear about recordings devoted wholly or largely to Machaut's works, and we may highlight some on this page from time to time, but not in a systematic way.

To join us:

Dues are currently $10.00 (U.S.) per year (or $5 for the unemployed); at this point we are unfortunately only able to accept U. S. funds. Checks for dues should be made payable to The International Machaut Society. You may pay at the annual Business Meeting at the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, in May, or send your check to the Executive Secretary. Please include your name, your snail-mail address, e-mail address (and an indication of whether or not you want to be listed on the on-line page of members), and your institutional affiliation if appropriate.

To contact us:

IMS Executive Secretary IMS Webmaster
Jared Hartt
International Machaut Society
Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
77 W. College Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone:  440/775-8243
Alice V. Clark
College of Music and Fine Arts
Loyola University New Orleans
Campus Box 8
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118-6195
Phone: 504/865-3065
Fax: 504/865-2852

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Site originally developed by Cynthia Cyrus with assistance from Eric Oliver. Space originally provided by the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University