An entertaining history of how musicians learned to record music for all time, filled with art that sings.
In today’s digital landscape, we have the luxury of experiencing music anytime, anywhere. But before this instant accessibility and dizzying array of formatsbefore CDs, the eight-track tape, the radio, and the turntablethere was only one recording technology: music notation. It allowed singers and soloists to travel across great distances and perform their work with stunning fidelity, a feat that we now very much take for granted.
Thomas Forrest Kelly transports us to the lively and complex world of monks and monasteries, of a dove singing holy chants into the ear of a saint, and of bustling activity in the Cathedral of Notre Damean era when the only way to share even the simplest song was to learn it by rote, church to church and person to person. With clarity and a sense of wonder, Kelly tells a story that spans five hundred years, leading us on a journey through medieval Europe and showing how we learned to keep track of rhythm, melody, and precise pitch with a degree of accuracy previously unimagined.
Kelly reveals the technological advances that led us to the system of notation we use today, placing each step of its evolution in its cultural and intellectual context. Companion recordings by the renowned Blue Heron ensemble are paired with vibrant illuminated manuscripts, bringing the art to life and allowing readers to experience something of the marvel that medieval writers must have felt when they figured out how to capture music for all time.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
List of Recordings ix
Chapter 1 Isidore: Writing as Recording 25
Chapter 2 St. Gregory and the Recording of Music 41
Chapter 3 Guido the Monk and the Recording of Pitch 61
Chapter 4 The Great Book: Leoninus and the Recording of Rhythm 79
Chapter 5 Franco Figures It Out 113
Chapter 6 It Takes a Scientist: Philippe de Vitry 143
Chapter 7 Into the Future: Later Developments 177
Appendix: Text and Translations 209
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A story beautifully told, and one that deserves that has been neglected! Crisp, clear, and informative.
Hard to believe that this is the best Harvard can do, ill designed, simplistic, and often quite simply wrong. The musicological equivalent of rocks for jocks.