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Words and Music in the Middle Ages Song, Narrative, Dance and Drama, 1050-1350

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ISBN-10: 0521339049

ISBN-13: 9780521339049

Edition: 1986

Authors: John E. Stevens

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This book examines the relation of words and music in England and France during the three centuries following the Norman Conquest. The basic material of the study includes the chansons of the troubadours and trouvres and the varied Latin songs of the period. In addition to these 'lyric' forms, the author discusses the relations of music and poetry in dance-song, in narrative and in the ecclesiastical drama. Professor Stevens examines the ready-made, often unconscious, and misleading assumptions we bring to the study and performance of early music. In particular he affirms the importance of Number, in more than one sense, as a clue to the 'aesthetic' of the greater part of repertoire, to the…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/16/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.85" wide x 9.72" long x 1.02" tall
Weight: 1.914

Number in Music and Verse
The Courtly Chanson
Latin Songs: Conductus and Cantio
The Sequence
Lai and Planctus
Relations of Speech, Action, Emotion and Meaning
The Dance Song
Narrative Melody I: Epic and Chanson de Geste
Narrative Melody II: Saint's Life and Liturgical narrative
Speech and Melody: Gregorian Chant
Drama I: Liturgy, Ceremony and Play
Drama II: Music, Action and Emotion
Music and Meaning: the Problem of Expressiveness
Melody, Rhythm and Metre
The Theorists
Palaeography, Notion and Presentation
Rhythm and Genre
Works and Music a Balanced Relationship