Music in the Age of the Renaissance / Edition 1

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A richly detailed portrait of the music and surrounding culture in one of history's most creative eras.Music in the Age of the Renaissance, written by one of the country's leading scholars, brings to life the musical styles and genres that mark this humanistic period of artistic and scientific revolution. In his compelling treatment of how the music was developed and transmitted, Professor Leeman Perkins grounds his narrative firmly in political, religious, social, and cultural history, opening a window onto the lavish courts, magnificent churches, and thriving urban centers in which music played such a vital role. The latest, best, and most comprehensive survey of Renaissance music to appear in over forty years.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A considerable amount of research has been done in the 45 years since Gustave Reese's comprehensive survey Music in the Renaissance (1954) was published. To bring the subject up to date requires a music historian with a broad understanding of political, religious, and cultural history, and Perkins (music, Columbia Univ.) has proven himself equal to the task. He has produced an extraordinary exposition of the period, placing music in its social setting with close attention to detail and a gift for incorporating interesting stories into the narrative. The study is well written and truly comprehensive. Perkins is careful to separate known fact from areas still under investigation, prudently taking a conservative position on controversial issues. Paintings, maps, charts, and tables are used to clarify the various points, and numerous well-chosen musical examples enhance detailed analyses of selected works. Essential for the serious student of music history.--Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393046083
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1152
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Leeman L. Perkins, professor of music at Columbia University, co-edited The Mellon Chansonnier.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Historical Perspective
1 Music in the Historical Renaissance 21
2 The Christian Church as Patron of Music 55
3 Music at the Secular Courts 88
4 Music in the Urban Context 125
5 The Musical Sources 174
Pt. 2 The Fifteenth Century: The Consolidation of Genres and Styles
6 The Contenance Angloise: English Music at Home and Abroad 212
7 French Secular Music of the Fifteenth Century 257
8 The Motet in the Fifteenth Century 309
9 Liturgical Polyphony for Office and Mass 328
10 Liturgical Polyphony for the Mass 352
11 Secular Polyphony on the Italian Peninsula 391
12 Sacred Polyphony in Italy 429
13 Polyphony in Germany: Indigenous Traditions 457
14 Polyphony on the Iberian Peninsula 481
Pt. 3 The Sixteenth Century: The Established Genres and Stylistic Change
15 The Motet as Genre and Compositional Type 507
16 Liturgical Polyphony for the Office 541
17 Liturgical Polyphony for the Mass 574
18 Secular Polyphony in France 607
19 The Madrigal 649
20 Songs and Madrigals in England 703
21 Music of the Protestant Reformation: Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, and England 724
22 Performance Practice and Instrumental Music 757
23 Instrumental Repertories: The Sources 776
24 The Instrumental Genres 789
25 The Final Synthesis 867
Appendix The Conceptualization of Music in the Renaissance 969
Genealogies 1058
Bibliography 1061
Credits 1091
Index 1095
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