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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198166504
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Oxford Monographs on Music Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 434
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.19 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Music Examples
Noie on Currencies
Note on Titles and Proper Names
Introduction 1
A Past without a Music History 4
The Historicity of Musical Texts 7
The Textuality of Music History 12
A Music History without a Present? 15
1 The Orphic Jacob 21
Mille quingentis 22
Willem Obrecht 25
Lysbette Gheeraerts 36
2 Born for the Muses 45
Corporate Musicianship in Ghent 47
A Different Course 56
3 Formative Years 70
Early Career: Patterns and Parallels 70
Bergen op Zoom and Cambrai, 1480-1485 79
4 Beyond Busnoys 86
Missa Petrus apostolus 87
Missa Beata viscera 100
Missa O lumen ecclesie 109
Missa Sicut spina rosam 118
5 Years of Crisis 133
Bruges and Ferrara, 1485-1488 138
Death of a City Trumpeter: Ghent, 1488-1492 147
Bruges, 1488-1491 156
6 The Critical Phase 161
Missa De Sancto Martino 165
Missa De Sancto Donatiano 169
Missa Salve diva parens 175
Missa Adieu mes amours 189
7 Towards a New Language 200
Missa Ave regina celorum 201
Missa De Sancto Johanne Baptista 213
8 The Mature Style 219
The '1491-3' Masses 220
Earlier Mature Masses 244
The Mature OEuvre 262
9 'Jubilating Always in my Songs' 287
Antwerp and Bergen op Zoom, 1491/2-1498 292
Bruges and Antwerp, 1498-1503 303
10 Beyond Fortuna 311
Obrecht the Progressive: Late Motets 313
Missa Maria zart 322
Missa Si dedero 330
Missa Cela sans plus 334
Postscript: Missa Sub tuum presidium 337
11 The Last Journey 341
Innsbruck and ?Rome, 1503-1504 341
Ferrara, 1504-1505 346
Appendix I: Documcnts 355
Appendix II: Rhythmic Density in the Masses of Jacob Obrecht 375
Bibliography 385
Index of Compositions by Obrecht 397
General Index 398
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