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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music

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Mark Everist, Susan Boynton, Michael McGrade, Sarah Fuller, Elizabeth Eva Leach, Peter Lefferts, Marco Gozzi, Nicolas Bell, Robert Curry, Sam Barrett, Ardis Butterfield, Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Rebecca Baltzer, Dolores Pesce, Emma Dillon, Christopher Page, Lawrence Earp
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521608619

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  • From the emergence of plainsong to the end of the fourteenth century, this Companion covers all the key aspects of medieval music. Divided into three main sections, the book first of all discusses repertory, styles and techniques - the key areas of traditional music histories; next taking a topographical view of the subject - from Italy, German-speaking lands, and the Iberian Peninsula; and concludes with chapters on such issues as liturgy, vernacular poetry and reception. Rather than presenting merely a chronological view of the history of medieval music, the volume instead focuses on technical and cultural aspects of the subject. Over nineteen informative chapters, fifteen world-leading scholars give a perspective on the music of the Middle Ages that will serve as a point of orientation for the informed listener and reader, and is a must-have guide for anyone with an interest in listening to and understanding medieval music.

    • Focuses on technical and cultural aspects of the subject, placing the music in the context of its time
    • Brings together the most recent scholarship on music of the Middle Ages, organised in a user-friendly way ideal for scholars and students of this key topic
    • Informative music examples allow in-depth analysis of single works
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...will rightly be received as a vital item on any musician's bookshelf."
    --Early Music

    "I have always been a big fan of the “Companion” series published by Cambridge University Press. Typi- cally written by the leading scholars in a field and covering a lot of ground thoroughly and efficiently, these books can often become sta- ples of a home reference library. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music is no exception, and although longer than most of the other books in the series, it is in fact one of the best. "
    --Early Music America

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521608619
    • length: 514 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 173 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 2 maps 56 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Mark Everist
    Part I. Repertory, Styles and Techniques:
    1. Plainsong Susan Boynton
    2. Enriching the Gregorian heritage Michael McGrade
    3. Early polyphony to c.1200 Sarah Fuller
    4. The thirteenth century Mark Everist
    5. The fourteenth century Elizabeth Eva Leach
    Part II. Topography:
    6. England Peter Lefferts
    7. Italy to 1300 Marco Gozzi
    8. The trecento Marco Gozzi
    9. The Iberian Peninsula Nicolas Bell
    10. Music east of the Rhine Robert Curry
    Part III. Themes, Topics and Trajectories:
    11. Music and liturgy Sam Barrett
    12. Vernacular poetry and music Ardis Butterfield
    13. Latin poetry and music Leofranc Holford-Strevens
    14. Compositional trajectories Peter Lefferts
    15. Secular institutions and ecclesiastical foundations Rebecca Baltzer
    16. Theory and notation Dolores Pesce
    17. Music manuscripts Emma Dillon
    18. The geography of medieval music Christopher Page
    19. Reception Lawrence Earp

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to Christianity, Sacred Music and Meaning
    • Medieval Music
    • Medieval to Renaissance
    • Music Before 1620
    • Music History I
    • Music and Culture in the Middle Ages
    • Music history survey I
    • Survey of the History of Music - to 1750
    • Time, Space, and Music in the Middle Ages
  • Editor

    Mark Everist, University of Southampton
    Mark Everist is Professor of Music at the University of Southampton.


    Mark Everist, Susan Boynton, Michael McGrade, Sarah Fuller, Elizabeth Eva Leach, Peter Lefferts, Marco Gozzi, Nicolas Bell, Robert Curry, Sam Barrett, Ardis Butterfield, Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Rebecca Baltzer, Dolores Pesce, Emma Dillon, Christopher Page, Lawrence Earp

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