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Reading Renaissance Music Theory

Reading Renaissance Music Theory
Hearing with the Eyes

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521028196

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  • This groundbreaking book offers a new perspective on a central group of music theory treatises that have long formed a background to the study of Renaissance music. Taking theorists' music examples as a point of departure, it explores fundamental questions about how music was read, and by whom, situating the reading in specific cultural contexts. In particular it illuminates the ways in which the choices of Renaissance theorists have shaped later interpretation of earlier praxis, and reflexively the ways in which modern theory has been mapped on to that practice.

    • Wide-ranging cultural study that links music theory, music history, history of the book, Renaissance and Reformation studies and cultural studies
    • The only book that takes this approach to sixteenth-century music theory
    • Addresses fundamental questions of how music is 'read'
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Judd's work is impressive; her readable and precise." David O. Scaer, Roanoke College, Sixteenth Century Journal

    "...this work contains much for both students and scholars of Renaissance music. Thoroughly researched and filled with good insights...the numerous tables and illustrations are of considerable assistance." Choice

    " extremely interesting and thought-provoking book...a truly significant achievement." Renaissance Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521028196
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 87 b/w illus. 23 tables 22 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Foreward Ian Bent
    Part I. Beginnings:
    1. Prologue: Exempli gratia …
    2. Music theory incunabula: printed books, printed music
    Part II. 1520–1540: Pietro Aron and Seybald Heyden:
    3. Pietro Aron and Petrucci's prints
    4. Music anthologies, theory treatises, and the Reformation: Nuremberg in the 1530s and 1540s
    Part III. The Polyphony of Heinrich Glarean's Dodecachordon (1547):
    5. Exempla, commonplace books, and writing theory
    6. The polyphony of the Dodecachordon
    Part IV. Gioseffo Zarlino's Le Istitutioni Harmoniche (1558):
    7. Composition and theory mediated by print culture
    8. 'On the modes': the citations of Le Istitutioni Harmoniche part IV
    Part V. Readings Past and Present:
    9. Exempli gratia: a reception history of Magnus es tu Domine/Tu pauperum refugium
    10. Epilogue: reading theorists reading (music)

  • Author

    Cristle Collins Judd, Bowdoin College, Maine
    Cristle Collins Judd is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Pennsylvania and editor of Tonal Structures in Early Music (1998).

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