Dr. Christiane Schima

Musicologist,  music journalist and pianist of German birth (*1955 Frankfurt am Main). Since 1984 she is living and working in Amsterdam,  The Netherlands.

Schima has published the book Die Estampie. Untersuchungen anhand der überlieferten Denkmäler und zeitgenössischen Erwähnungen as well as other articles on this medieval genre. Recently she is working as freelance writer for Dutch magazines, the Dutch broadcast, the Dutch opera, Dutch concert halls, orchestra’s and ensembles.

Selection of published works:

Die Estampie. Untersuchungen anhand der überlieferten Denkmäler und zeitgenössischen Erwähnungen (see beneath)

’Estampie’, in Handwörterbuch der musikalischen Terminologie, ed. H.H.Eggebrecht, 22nd edition 1994, Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden GmbH Stuttgart

Instrumental music of the Trecento. A Critical Edition of the Instrumental Repertoire of the Manuscript London, British Library, Add. 29987 (in cooperation with Martin van Schaik), Utrecht 1997

‘Een mysterieuze vondst op La Palma. Kanttekening bij de ontdekking van een 14de-eeuwse saltarello’, Musica Antiqua, february 1999

Articles for the Dutch encyclopedia on music XYZ

Various articles on music for among others Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Nederlandse Opera, NTR radio/television, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble.

Die Estampie is considered as a standard work on this musical and literary medieval genre. The book is internationally praised as the best study on the subject. It includes all the transmitted music, poetry and quotations from contemporary sources between the 12th and 15th century and gives an impression of the artistic and social life in the late middle ages.

Reviews:

‘… absolutely worth reading. This carefully documentated monography about the genre of the Estampie is a stimulating enrichment of our picture of the literary and musical culture of the late middle ages.’ – J.Boogaart, Muziek & Wetenschap 1995/96

‘Schima draws a carefully differentiated picture of a genre which reached a climax between about 1150 and 1450… Her analysis is descriptive, a documentation of a living and changing practice.’ – E.Vetter, Tijdschrift voor Oude Muziek 2, 1996

Die Estampie. Untersuchungen anhand der überlieferten Denkmäler und zeitgenössischen Erwähnungen (diss. Utrecht 1995), Thesis Publishers/Rozenberg Publishing Services Amsterdam ISBN 90-5170-363-5

(afb 5 cover boek, vergrotingsmogel) German language. Two volumes:

Vol I: Illustrated study with music examples and plate of the manuscript Oxford Bodleian Library Douce 308, included an appendix with vocal music and poetry. 336 p. Vol II: Instrumental pieces (sheet music), 52 p.

 

Further information: www.estampie-schima.com