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Poetry and Music in Medieval France
From Jean Renart to Guillaume de Machaut

$149.00 (C)

Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

  • Date Published: February 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521622196

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  • Ardis Butterfield examines the relationship between the poetry and music of medieval France. Beginning when French song was first set into writing in the early thirteenth century, Butterfield describes the wide range of contexts in which secular songs were quoted and copied. Including narrative romances, satires and love poems, the book reveals the development of French song and narrative genres during a significant period of history.

    • Interdisciplinary study, combining literary and musical approaches
    • Lavishly illustrated with pictures and music examples
    • Will appeal to literary and musical historians
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "An immensely useful and illuminating study...going well beyond what others have done." French Studies

    "Ardis Butterfield has created a profoundly incisive text exploring the relationship between poetry and music in thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century France. The beautifully illustrated volume has much to offer: thorough scholarship in the text, a fine appendix, glossary, and bibliography, as well as an index." Arthuriana

    "Ardis Butterfield's new book on poetry and music in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century France gives one hope for the bright future of medieval studies. Not only does it act upon the interdisciplinarity its title preaches, but it also builds and improves on an already venerable musico-philological study [...] Butterfield's new book has shown us the rich musico-literary potential of these late French medieval repertories by offering up a model of the kind of interdisciplinary study required from now on." Notes and Queries

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521622196
    • length: 398 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 4 tables 18 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of tables
    List of music examples
    Bibliographical note
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. Text and Performance:
    1. Song and written record in the early thirteenth century
    2. The sources of song: chansonniers, narratives, dance-song
    3. The performance of song in Jean Renart's Rose
    Part II. The Boundaries of Genre:
    4. The refrain
    5. Refrains in context: a case study
    6. Contrafacta: from secular to sacred in Gautier de Coinci and later thirteenth-century writing
    Part III. The Location of Culture:
    7. 'Courtly' and 'popular' in the thirteenth century
    8. Urban culture: Arras and the puys
    9. The cultural contexts of Adam de la Halle
    Part IV. Modes of Inscription:
    10. Songs in writing: the evidence of the manuscripts
    11. Chante/fable: Aucassin et Nicolette
    12. Writing music, writing poetry: Le Roman de Fauvel in Paris BN fr. 146
    Part V: Lyric and Narrative:
    13. The two Roses: Machaut and the thirteenth century
    14. Rewriting song: chanson, motet, salut, and dit
    15. Citation and authorship from the thirteenth to the fourteenth century
    Part VI. Envoy: The New Art:
    16. The Formes fixes: from Adam de la Halle to Guillaume de Machaut

  • Author

    Ardis Butterfield, University College London
    Ardis Butterfield is a Lecturer in English at University College, London. She has published widely on French and English literary and musical history. Her articles have appeared in Medium Aevum and Plainsong and Medieval Music.

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