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Song, Dance and Poetry of the Court of Scotland under King James VI


  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521148290

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  • Originally published in 1969, this is a series of linked studies of the character, origins and history of the court-song of Renaissance Scotland, with substantial critical discussion on poets, musicians and court culture generally. Mrs Shire shows that the song repertory of Scotland in the sixteenth century is rewarding poetically and musically both in itself and for the part it plays in the Renaissance culture of Western Europe. The author focuses on two poets, Alexander Scott and Alexander Montgomerie and adds to the value of her work by her constant preoccupation with period and background. She sets herself to answer such questions as: who made the songs and how were they presented? Was the music more important than the words? Did the singers act or dance in performance? Were songs a central part of the life of the court? Her answers illuminate this previously unknown area of study.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521148290
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction: court-song of sixteenth-century Scotland
    1. The ballatis preserved
    2. The making of court-song
    3. Alexander Scott (c.1525–c.1590) and traditions of court-song, dance and ceremony
    4. Musicians and poets at the court of King James VI
    5. The poet, the cherrie and the King: a reading of 'The Cherrie and the Slae'
    6. Montgomerie and music
    7. Younger Castalians: a court-tradition of poetry and song-making continues
    8. From court to castle
    9. The last Castalian: Sir Robert Ayton
    10. Epilogue: courtly song in seventeenth-century Scotland

  • Author

    Helena Mennie Shire

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