Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Thomas Payne

Committee Members

James Armstrong

George D. Greenia

Monica Brzezinski Potkay


In 2002, David Wulstan reattributed five pieces of music previously attributed to Abelard to his wife Heloise based on the identification of their early love letters. These pieces, two liturgical dramas and three sequences, have not been given the attention they deserve in previous scholarship and are often dismissed because of their use of erotic imagery from Song of Songs. The sequence and two liturgical dramas for the Easter liturgy particularly demonstrate a coherent theology and an attempt to create liturgical music that rejects the dichotomy between the physical and the spiritual commonly seen in sacred music of the time, in favor of music that is more appropriate and authentic to the experiences of nuns.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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