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Companion to Medieval and Renaissance Music

ISBN-10: 0520210816
ISBN-13: 9780520210813
Edition: 1997
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Description: With contributions from a range of internationally known early music scholars and performers, Tess Knighton and David Fallows provide a lively new survey of music and culture in Europe from the beginning of the Christian era to 1600. Fifty essays  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/26/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 428
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

With contributions from a range of internationally known early music scholars and performers, Tess Knighton and David Fallows provide a lively new survey of music and culture in Europe from the beginning of the Christian era to 1600. Fifty essays comment on the social, historical, theoretical, and performance contexts of the music and musicians of the period to offer fresh perspectives on musical styles, research sources, and performance practices of the medieval and Renaissance periods.

Illustrations
Music examples
Abbreviations
Introduction
Contributors
The Music of the Past and the Modern Ear
The good, the bad, and the boring
Value Judgements in music of the Renaissance
The English a cappella heresy
Going down on record
The work is not the performance
Beyond authenticity
Hard-sell, scholarship, and silly titles
Aspects of Music and Society
Centre and periphery: mainstream and provincial music
The meeting of sacred ritual and secular piety: endowments for music
Ritual reflections
Musicus and cantor
A day in the life of Francisco de Pe�alosa
A portrait of Sir Henry Unton
Women's history and early music
Questions of Form and StyleGenres: Vocal
Chant, or the politics of inscription
Monophonic song: quesions of category
Early Western polyphony
The late-medieval motet
Mass polyphony
Polyphonic song
Genre and function: some thoughts on Italian secular vocal music in the sixteenth century Genres: Instrumental
Fourteenth- and fifteenth-century keyboard music
Plucked instruments: silver tones of a golden age
The medieval fiddle: reflections of a performer
On the trail of ensemble music in the fifteenth century
Wind ensembles in the RenaissanceTechniques of Composition
Musical design and the rise of the cyclic Mass
Borrowed music: `Allez regrets' and the use of pre-existent material
Using the Evidence
Music and pictures in the Middle Ages
Music in Italian Renaissance painting
Echoes of the past in the present
Surviving instruments
Unwritten and written music
Researching the past: archival studies
A manuscript case-study
Pre-Performance Decisions
The editor: diplomat or dictator?
Mode
Musica ficta
Renaissance pitch
Is underlay necessary?
Restored pronunciation
Finding the right context: where to perform early music
Performance Techniques
Framing the life of the words
Reconstructing lost voices
Pythagoras at the forge: tuning in early music
Tempo to 1500
Tempo and tactus after 1500
Divisions in Renaissance music
`Perfect' instruments
Chronology
Glossary
Index

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