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This book explores the role of music in an early fourteenth-century French manuscript. It sets the manuscript against the wider culture of Parisian book-making, showing how in devising new systems of design and folio layout, its creators developed a new kind of materiality in music. It also illustrates how music is expressive in ways that are unperformable apart from its visual representation, and argues that the new attitudes to material music making embodied in the manuscript serve as a model for exploring other music manuscripts to emerge in late medieval France.Read more
- Considers music's place in modern theories of the materiality of texts
- Considers the reading and notating of music within the wider culture of book-making in medieval Paris
- Richly illustrated with images from fourteenth-century manuscripts
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"Dillon's book is essential reading for anyone interested in medieval French literature or its manuscripts. The study is informed by Dillon's training as a musicologist, but it will be completely accessible to literary scholars, paleographers, and codicologists." Speclum'
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- Date Published: March 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521890663
- length: 320 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.47kg
- contains: 44 b/w illus. 4 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Music and the book: approaches to the interpretation of manuscripts
3. Chaillou's authorial presence
Interpolation: the conquest of the parchment
4. Author and scribe: a compiler for fr. 146
5. Music and the narratives of compilation
6. The poetic uses of song space.
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