Performance contexts: update

Karl Reichl has given us an insight into his research activity since September:
Since giving the talk in September, Karl has been working on a variety of related projects. His edition, Medieval Oral Literature, came out earlier this year, with contains a section on &lsquo;orality, folksong and medieval lyrics&rsquo; in his introductory chapter and several trans-European articles on lyric. The recently-published festschrift for A.N. Doane, The Genesis of Books: Studies in the Scribal Culture of Medieval England in Honour of A. N. Doane ed. by Matthew T. Hussey and John D. Niles, contains a chapter by Karl entitled, &lsquo;The Beginnings of the Middle English Secular Lyric: Texts, Music, Manuscript Context.&rsquo; A third project, on Rolle and music in his English Psalter, is being prepared for publication: &lsquo;Musik und Spiritualit&auml;t im englischen Psalter des sp&auml;tmittelalterlichen Mystikers Richard Rolle.&rsquo; Karl's interest in oral epics and also medieval oral-derived epics has led him to an investigation of the generally unchartered area of the music of epic. He writes, 'One of the areas I'm particularly interested in is the music of epic, an area generally ignored both by ethnomusicologists (they have more interesting musical material) and medievalists (there isn't enough medieval evidence).' He has recently published an article on this topic in Beowulf at Kalamazoo: Essays on Translation and Performance, ed. by Jana K. Schulam and Paul E. Szarmach entitled, &lsquo;&quot;Swutol sang scopes&quot;: Field Notes on the Performance of Beowulf.&rsquo;</p>