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Manuscripts and Medieval Song
Inscription, Performance, Context


Part of Music in Context

Helen Deeming, Elizabeth Eva Leach, Sam Barrett, Jeremy Llewellyn, Rachel May Golden, Gundela Bobeth, Henry Hope, Sean Curran
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  • Date Published: May 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107062634

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  • The manuscript sources of medieval song rarely fit the description of 'songbook' easily. Instead, they are very often mixed compilations that place songs alongside other diverse contents, and the songs themselves may be inscribed as texts alone or as verbal and musical notation. This book looks afresh at these manuscripts through ten case studies, representing key sources in Latin, French, German, and English from across Europe during the Middle Ages. Each chapter is authored by a leading expert and treats a case study in detail, including a listing of the manuscript's overall contents, a summary of its treatment in scholarship, and up-to-date bibliographical references. Drawing on recent scholarly methodologies, the contributors uncover what these books and the songs within them meant to their medieval audience and reveal a wealth of new information about the original contexts of songs both in performance and as committed to parchment.

    • Presents new approaches to the place of song in medieval manuscripts to offer fresh perspectives on the musical nature of medieval texts
    • A range of experts examine important manuscripts in new ways, giving comprehensive detail about their contents and contexts
    • The final chapter provides ideas and suggestions for using the book's conclusions in future study
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    • Date Published: May 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107062634
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 27 tables 25 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Helen Deeming and Elizabeth Eva Leach
    1. New light on the earliest medieval songbook Sam Barrett
    2. The careful cantor and the Carmina Cantabrigiensia Jeremy Llewellyn
    3. Across divides: Aquitaine's new song and London, British Library, Additional 36881 Rachel May Golden
    4. Wine, women, and song? Reconsidering the Carmina Burana Gundela Bobeth, translated by Henry Hope
    5. An English monastic miscellany: the Reading manuscript of Sumer is icumen in Helen Deeming
    6. Preserving and recycling: functional multiplicity and shifting priorities in the compilation and continued use of London, British Library, Egerton 274 Helen Deeming
    7. Minnesänger, music, miniatures: the Codex Manesse Henry Hope
    8. Writing, performance and devotion in the thirteenth-century motet: the 'La Clayette' manuscript Sean Curran
    9. A courtly compilation: the Douce Chansonnier Elizabeth Eva Leach
    10. Machaut's first single-author compilation Elizabeth Eva Leach
    11. Songs, scattered and gathered Helen Deeming and Elizabeth Eva Leach.

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    Helen Deeming, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Helen Deeming is Senior Lecturer in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has taught medieval music at Cambridge, King's College London, Southampton and Royal Holloway, University of London and won several teaching prizes. She is the editor of Songs in British Sources, c.1150–1300, Musica Britannica, Volume 95 (2013) - a scholarly edition that makes many songs available in print for the first time.

    Elizabeth Eva Leach, University of Oxford
    Elizabeth Eva Leach is Professor of Music at the University of Oxford. Her publications include Guillaume de Machaut: Poet, Secretary, Musician (2011), Sung Birds: Music, Nature and Poetry in the Later Middle Ages (2007), Citation in Medieval and Renaissance Musical Culture (co-edited with Suzannah Clark, 2005) and Machaut's Music: New Interpretations (editor, 2003). In 2013 she was awarded the Dent medal of the Royal Musical Association; she was also winner of the 2012 Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize of the Renaissance Society of America, and the 2007 Outstanding Publication Award of the Society for Music Theory.


    Helen Deeming, Elizabeth Eva Leach, Sam Barrett, Jeremy Llewellyn, Rachel May Golden, Gundela Bobeth, Henry Hope, Sean Curran

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