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Reading Renaissance Music Theory
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  • 87 b/w illus. 23 tables 22 music examples
  • Page extent: 329 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.773 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 781/.09/031
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: ML174 .J83 2000
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Music--History and criticism--Music collections
    • Music printing--Europe--History--16th century
    • Aaron, Pietro--Criticism and interpretation
    • Heyden, Sebald,---1561--Criticism and interpretation
    • Glareanus, Henricus,--1488-1563--Criticism and interpretation

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521771443 | ISBN-10: 0521771447)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published December 2000

Replaced by 9780521028196


This groundbreaking book offers a new perspective on a central group of music theory treatises that have long formed a background to the study of Renaissance music. Taking theorists' music examples as a point of departure, it explores fundamental questions about how music was read, and by whom, situating the reading in specific cultural contexts. In particular it illuminates the ways in which the choices of Renaissance theorists have shaped later interpretation of earlier praxis, and reflexively the ways in which modern theory has been mapped on to that practice.


List of illustrations; Foreward Ian Bent; Preface; Part I. Beginnings: 1. Prologue: Exempli gratia …; 2. Music theory incunabula: printed books, printed music; Part II. 1520–1540: Pietro Aron and Seybald Heyden: 3. Pietro Aron and Petrucci's prints; 4. Music anthologies, theory treatises, and the Reformation: Nuremberg in the 1530s and 1540s; Part III. The Polyphony of Heinrich Glarean's Dodecachordon (1547): 5. Exempla, commonplace books, and writing theory; 6. The polyphony of the Dodecachordon; Part IV. Gioseffo Zarlino's Le Istitutioni Harmoniche (1558): 7. Composition and theory mediated by print culture; 8. 'On the modes': the citations of Le Istitutioni Harmoniche part IV; Part V. Readings Past and Present: 9. Exempli gratia: a reception history of Magnus es tu Domine/Tu pauperum refugium; 10. Epilogue: reading theorists reading (music); Bibliography; Index.


"Judd's work is impressive; her readable and precise." David O. Scaer, Roanoke College, Sixteenth Century Journal

"...this work contains much for both students and scholars of Renaissance music. Thoroughly researched and filled with good insights...the numerous tables and illustrations are of considerable assistance." Choice

" extremely interesting and thought-provoking book...a truly significant achievement." Renaissance Quarterly

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