Born for the Muses: The Life and Masses of Jacob Obrecht / Edition 1

Born for the Muses: The Life and Masses of Jacob Obrecht / Edition 1

by Rob C. Wegman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198166508

ISBN-13: 9780198166504

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Son of a town trumpeter, Jacob Obrecht became one of the most prominent composers in Europe in the late fifteenth century. In Born for the Muses, Rob Wegman enlarges our picture of the social and cultural conditions that framed his world, drawing on a wealth of new archival sources and a newly discovered dated portrait that sheds light on his development as a

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Son of a town trumpeter, Jacob Obrecht became one of the most prominent composers in Europe in the late fifteenth century. In Born for the Muses, Rob Wegman enlarges our picture of the social and cultural conditions that framed his world, drawing on a wealth of new archival sources and a newly discovered dated portrait that sheds light on his development as a composer. Obrecht's greatest contribution lay in the field of mass composition. In a penetrating stylistic analysis, Wegman treats each of the thirty-odd surviving masses as a historical record, tracing influences and establishing a rich context for the development of Obrecht's musical language. This new assessment of his creative achievement and historical significance entirely changes the face of Obrecht studies and of late fifteenth-century music in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198166504
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Oxford Monographs on Music Series
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 6.19(h) x 0.91(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Music Examples
Abbreviations
Noie on Currencies
Note on Titles and Proper Names
Introduction1
A Past without a Music History4
The Historicity of Musical Texts7
The Textuality of Music History12
A Music History without a Present?15
1The Orphic Jacob21
Mille quingentis22
Willem Obrecht25
Lysbette Gheeraerts36
2Born for the Muses45
Corporate Musicianship in Ghent47
A Different Course56
3Formative Years70
Early Career: Patterns and Parallels70
Bergen op Zoom and Cambrai, 1480-148579
4Beyond Busnoys86
Missa Petrus apostolus87
Missa Beata viscera100
Missa O lumen ecclesie109
Missa Sicut spina rosam118
5Years of Crisis133
Bruges and Ferrara, 1485-1488138
Death of a City Trumpeter: Ghent, 1488-1492147
Bruges, 1488-1491156
6The Critical Phase161
Missa De Sancto Martino165
Missa De Sancto Donatiano169
Missa Salve diva parens175
Missa Adieu mes amours189
7Towards a New Language200
Missa Ave regina celorum201
Missa De Sancto Johanne Baptista213
8The Mature Style219
The '1491-3' Masses220
Earlier Mature Masses244
The Mature OEuvre262
9'Jubilating Always in my Songs'287
Antwerp and Bergen op Zoom, 1491/2-1498292
Bruges and Antwerp, 1498-1503303
10Beyond Fortuna311
Obrecht the Progressive: Late Motets313
Missa Maria zart322
Missa Si dedero330
Missa Cela sans plus334
Postscript: Missa Sub tuum presidium337
11The Last Journey341
Innsbruck and ?Rome, 1503-1504341
Ferrara, 1504-1505346
Appendix I: Documcnts355
Appendix II: Rhythmic Density in the Masses of Jacob Obrecht375
Bibliography385
Index of Compositions by Obrecht397
General Index398

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