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Jennifer Saltzstein, The Refrain and the Rise of the Vernacular in Medieval French Music and Poetry, Gallica 30. Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013. xii+194 pp. £60. ISBN 978 1 84384 349 8.

  • ELIZABETH EVA LEACH
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1 Armstrong, Adrian and Kay, Sarah, Knowing Poetry: Verse in Medieval France from the Rose to the Rhétoriqueurs (Ithaca, NY, 2011).

2 van den Boogaard, Nico, Rondeaux et refrains: du XIIe siècle au début du XIVe (Paris, 1969). Other citations in this review use ‘M’ to refer to the number of motet voice as listed in Ludwig, Friedrich, Repertorium organorum recentioris et motetorum vetustissimi stili (Halle, 1910) and ‘RS’ for the number of song as listed in Spanke, Hans G., Raynaud's Bibliographie des altfranzösische Liedes, neu bearbeitet und ergänzt (Leiden, 1955). Manuscripts are referred to by the following sigla: Mo: F-MO H196; MotetN: BNF fr. 12615 (also referred to as TrouvT, the ‘Chansonnier de Noailles’); MotetR: BNF fr. 844 (=TrouvM, the ‘Chansonnier du Roi’); TrouvI: GB-Ob Douce 308 (=MotetD); TrouvK: F-Pa 5198; TrouvN: BNF fr. 845; TrouvO: BNF fr. 846; TrouvP: BNF fr. 847; TrouvR: BNF fr. 1591; TrouvV: BNF fr. 24406; TrouvX: BNF n.a.f. 1050.

3 My reference is to Boulton, Maureen Barry McCann, The Song in the Story: Lyric Insertions in French Narrative Fiction, 1200–1400 (Philadelphia, 1993).

4 See, for example, Bradley, Catherine A., ‘New Texts for Old Music: Three Early Thirteenth-Century Latin Motets’, Music & Letters 93 (2012), 149–69; eadem, ‘Contrafacta and Transcribed Motets: Vernacular Influences on Latin Motets and Clausulae in the Florence Manuscript’, Early Music History 32 (2013), 1–70.

5 See Rokseth, Yvonne, ed., Polyphonies du treizième siècle, 4 vols. (Paris, 1935–39); Waite, William G., The Rhythm of Twelfth-Century Polyphony: Its Theory and Practice (New Haven, 1954); Frobenius, Wolf, ‘Zum genetischen Verhältnis zwischen Notre-Dame-Klauseln und ihren Motetten’, Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 44 (1987), 139; and Büttner, Fred, Das Klauselrepertoire der Handschrift Saint-Victor (Paris, BN, lat. 15139): eine Studie zur mehrstimmigen Komposition im 13. Jahrhundert (Lecce, 2011).

6 My interpretation along these lines in Sung Birds: Music, Nature, and Poetry in the Later Middle Ages (Ithaca, NY, 2007), 97–100 is based on Stone, Gregory B., The Death of the Troubadour: The Late Medieval Resistance to the Renaissance (Philadelphia, 1994), chapter 4; see also Simpson, James, ‘“For al my body … weieth nat an unce”: Empty Poets and Rhetorical Weight in Lydgate's Churl and the Bird’, in John Lydgate: Poetry, Culture, and Lancastrian England, ed. Scanlon, Larry and Simpson, James (Notre Dame, IN, 2005), 129–46.

7 See, for example, Cerquiglini, Jacqueline, “Un engin si soutil”: Guillaume de Machaut et l'écriture au XIVe siècle (Geneva, 1985).

8 She finds it elsewhere only in Moniot de Paris and Perrin d'Angicourt; see p. 126.

9 The attempt at a table (p. 155) typically fails to make proper use of tabulation and is, in effect, merely a list.

10 M508 in MotetR and TrouvT; M492 in Mo.

11 RS 1596 is in TrouvK, TrouvN, TrouvX; TrouvV, TrouvR, TrouvO; and TrouvM.

12 Tischler, Hans, Trouvère Lyrics with Melodies: Complete Comparative Edition (Neuhausen, 1997).

13 In TrouvP, fol. 146.

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