Music in the English Courtly Masque, 1604-1640

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Those privileged enough to attend performances of masques at court in the early seventeenth century invariably commented on the sumptuousness of the music (and often had little to say about the literary aspects of the entertainments). Yet our view of the masque has been dominated by the texts, and modern scholarship has tended to treat the masque first and foremost as a literary genre. Music in the English Courtly Masque is the first complete study of the music of the courtly masque. It takes a multi-faceted ...
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Overview

Those privileged enough to attend performances of masques at court in the early seventeenth century invariably commented on the sumptuousness of the music (and often had little to say about the literary aspects of the entertainments). Yet our view of the masque has been dominated by the texts, and modern scholarship has tended to treat the masque first and foremost as a literary genre. Music in the English Courtly Masque is the first complete study of the music of the courtly masque. It takes a multi-faceted view, piecing together a picture of what the music was actually like from musical sources, documentary evidence, and the dramatic texts. Vocal music and dance in the Jacobean masque are treated separately - a division that reflects the way in which the music was originally composed, with one group of composers writing songs while violinist/dancing masters prepared the dances. Other chapters re-examine the William Lawes masques, discuss Inigo Jones's musical priorities, and investigate French influence in the Caroline masques. Peter Walls also describes the departures from court norms in masques which took place away from Whitehall.
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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Tables
List of Music Examples
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Texts, Scores, and Musicians 7
2 Masque Song 43
3 Dance and Instrumental Music 104
4 The William Lawes Masques 159
5 Music for the Eyes 206
6 French Influence in the Caroline Masque 221
7 Masques away from Whitehall 260
8 Realizations 304
Epilogue 333
Appendix: A Calendar of Masque Texts 341
Bibliography 349
Printed Musical Sources 349
Books, Articles, and Editions of Masque Texts 351
Index 361
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