Haddar Beiser

Haddar Beiser is a PhD student in the Department of Musicology at Tel Aviv University. Her research addresses the interrelations between music and rhetoric in the late Middle Ages, through the songs of the era’s most prolific poet-composer, Guillaume de Machaut. Haddar borrows literary-rhetorical tools, which had an impact on Machaut as a poet, into the analysis of his music. By showing that Machaut’s music follows the principles of classical rhetoric as studied by poets in the Middle Ages, Haddar challenges the prevalent view that rhetoric and music reunited only in the sixteenth century, following a millennium of disengagement. In that, Haddar hopes to show that medieval music, long known to have been a mathematical art, is at the same time a language art that took part in a much broader system of knowledge.