♥ Book Title : Music and Performance in the Later Middle Ages
☯ Full Synopsis : "Music and Performance in the Later Middle Ages seeks to understand the music of the later Middle Ages in a fuller perspective, moving beyond the traditional focus on the creative work of composers in isolation to consider the participation of performers, listeners, and scribes in music-making. By treating the musical manuscripts of the Chantilly Codex and the Oxford manuscript, Canonici misc. 213 not just as scores, but as artifacts of material culture, Elizabeth Randell Upton illustrates how it is possible to recover more evidence about the composition, performance, and consumption of music than has previously been realized."Article| Elizabeth Randell Upton| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Music as Concept and Practice in the Late Middle Ages
☯ Full Synopsis : "'Music as Concept and Practice in the Late Middle Ages' is an entirely new addition to the New Oxford History of Music series rather than a revision of the volume's predecessor published in 1960. It takes account not only of the developments in late-medieval music scholarship during the latterdecades of the twentieth century, but also of the experience gained through significant changes in the performance practice of the late-medieval repertory witnessed during this period. All the chapters include areas of discussion whose coverage in the series hitherto has been either wholly lackingor, at best, marginal: Muslim and Jewish musical traditions of the Middle Ages, late-medieval office chant, medieval dance music, musical instruments in society, music in Central and Eastern Europe, music theory of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, music and early Renaissance humanism. Thefirst chapter and the last three present the conceptualization of music in speculative theory, philosophy, compositional and didactic practice, and musical historiography. Four chapters, and part of the first, illustrate important musical repertories and genres as they were developed within diversesocieties. The eight authors - all of them with a long-standing interest in their respective subjects - have created through their collaboration a blend of mature scholarship and original investigation. The volume's novelty of approach and content is complemented by a firm anchorage in thespecialist literature and documentary source material. Today, no single view of 'the Middle Ages' can be acceptable to the musician or to the historian. The present volume, which addresses itself to both, provides solid information on formerly marginal themes, and advocates further exploration ofthe 'other' Middle Ages."Article| Reinhard Strohm| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Studies in the Performance of Late Medieval Music
☯ Full Synopsis : "This volume presents a series of important essays on some of the problems involved in attempting to perform music of the late Middle Ages."Article| Stanley Boorman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Sung Birds
☯ Full Synopsis : "Is birdsong music? The most frequent answer to this question in the Middle Ages was resoundingly "no." In Sung Birds, Elizabeth Eva Leach traces postmedieval uses of birdsong within Western musical culture. She first explains why such melodious sound was not music for medieval thinkers and then goes on to consider the ontology of music, the significance of comparisons between singers and birds, and the relationship between art and nature as enacted by the musical performance of late-medieval poetry. If birdsong was not music, how should we interpret the musical depiction of birdsong in human music-making? What does it tell us about the singers, their listeners, and the moral status of secular polyphony? Why was it the fourteenth century that saw the beginnings of this practice, continued to this day in the music of Messiaen and others? Leach explores medieval arguments about song, language, and rationality whose basic terms survive undiminished into the present. She considers not only lyrics that have their singers voice the songs or speech of birds but also those that represent other natural, nonmusical, sounds such as human cries or the barks of dogs. The dangerous sweetness of birdsong was invoked in discussions of musical ethics, which, because of the potential slippage between irrational beast and less rational woman in comparisons with rational human masculinity, depict women's singing as less than fully human. Leach's argument comes full circle with the advent of sound recording. This technological revolution-like its medieval equivalent, the invention of the music book-once again made the relationship between music and nature an acute preoccupation of Western culture."Article| Elizabeth Eva Leach| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : German Instrumental Music of the Late Middle Ages
☯ Full Synopsis : "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 culture that later produced such giants as Schütz, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven."Article| Keith Polk| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Singing Early Music
☯ Full Synopsis : "Praise for the cloth edition: "Commendable in its scholarship... should prove of interest to linguists, medievalists, and Renaissance academicians, as well as to fastidious performers of early music." —Choice "Singing Early Music is a pioneering work of surpassing quality that cannot be too highly recommended." —Journal of Singing "Addresses the needs of the performer directly, giving historical pronunciations for a range of languages [and] sample texts.... The CD that comes with the book will prove invaluable.... David Klausner's recording is admirably consistent and convincing across the wide range of languages." —Early Music"Article| Timothy James McGee| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Vernacular Aesthetics in the Later Middle Ages
☯ Full Synopsis : "Vernacular Aesthetics in the Later Middle Ages explores the formal composition, public performance, and popular reception of vernacular poetry, music, and prose within late medieval French and English cultures. This collection of essays considers the extra-literary and extra-textual methods by which vernacular forms and genres were obtained and examines the roles that performance and orality play in the reception and dissemination of those genres, arguing that late medieval vernacular forms can be used to delineate the interests and perspectives of the subaltern. Via an interdisciplinary approach, contributors use theories of multimodality, translation, manuscript studies, sound studies, gender studies, and activist New Formalism to address how and for whom popular, vernacular medieval forms were made."Article| Katharine W. Jager| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Modern Invention of Medieval Music
☯ Full Synopsis : "A challenging book which questions how much is really known about the way medieval music sounded."Article| Daniel Leech-Wilkinson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Readings in the History of Music in Performance
☯ Full Synopsis : "..". extremely useful... In MacClintock's selections, even when the source is primarily theoretical, she chooses passages that give a lively insight into actual music-making."A -- Continuo Readings on the performance of Western music from the late middle ages to the early nineteenth century describe the accepted conventions and actual practices of former times."Article| Jennifer Cross| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Medieval Instrumental Dances
☯ Full Synopsis : "In Europe the tradition of secular dance has continued unbroken until the present. In the late Middle Ages it was an important and frequent event—for the nobility a gracious way to entertain guests, for the peasantry a welcome relaxation from the toils of the day. Now back in print, this collection presents compositions that are known or suspected to be instrumental dances from before ca. 1420. The 47 pieces vary in length and style and come from French, Italian, English, and Czech sources. Timothy McGee relates medieval dances to the descriptions found in literary, theoretical, and archival sources and to the depictions in the iconography of the Middle Ages. In a section on instrumental performance practices, he provides information about ornamenting the dances and improvising in a historically appropriate style. This comprehensive edition brings together in one volume a repertory that has been scattered over many years and countries."Article| Timothy J. McGee| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Companion to Medieval and Renaissance Music
☯ Full Synopsis : "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."Article| Tess Knighton| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Performer's Guide to Medieval Music
☯ Full Synopsis : "This is an excellent reference volume including essays on all aspects of medieval music performance. With forty essays written by experts in the field on everything from repertoire, voices and instruments to basic theory, all aspects of recreation are treated. This guide has already proven indispensable to performers and scholars of medieval music. Chapters on vocal and choral music; various types of ensembles; profiles of specific instruments; instrumentation; performance practice issues; theory; dance; regional profiles of Renaissance music, and guidelines for directors are all treated. It is a comprehensive and authoritative reference by leading performers in the field for a variety of enthusiasts."Article| Ross W. Duffin| Statement ..."