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German Instrumental Music of the Late Middle Ages Players, Patrons and Performance Practice

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ISBN-10: 0521612020

ISBN-13: 9780521612029

Edition: 2004

Authors: Keith Polk, John Butt, Laurence Dreyfus

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This book describes instrumental music and its context in German society of the late middle ages - from about 1350 to 1520. Players at that time improvised, much like jazz musicians of our day, but because they did not use notated music, only scant remnants of their activity have survived in written sources, and much has been left obscure. This book attempts to reconstruct an image of their music, discussing the instruments, ensembles, and performance practices of the time. What emerges from this study is a fundamental reappraisal of late medieval culture. A musical life is reconstructed which was not only extraordinary in its own time, but which also laid the foundations of an artistic…    
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Book details

List price: $60.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/9/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 7.40" wide x 9.76" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Laurence Dreyfus is Professor of Music at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College.

List of illustrations
List of tables
Preface and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Note on the music examples and German text
Germany and instrumental music in the Late Middle Ages
German soft music, the instruments and ensembles
German loud music, the instruments and ensembles
The patrons: music in German courts
The patrons: music in German cities
The sources and the written repertory of instrumental polyphony
Approaches to instrumental performance practice: models of extemporaneous techniques