Words and Music in the Middle Ages: Song, Narrative, Dance and Drama, 1050-1350

Words and Music in the Middle Ages: Song, Narrative, Dance and Drama, 1050-1350

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Words and Music in the Middle Ages: Song, Narrative, Dance and Drama, 1050-1350

This book examines the relation of words and music in England and France during the three centuries following the Norman Conquest. The basic material of the study includes the chansons of the troubadours and trouvères and the varied Latin songs of the period. In addition to these 'lyric' forms, the author discusses the relations of music and poetry in dance-song, in narrative and in the ecclesiastical drama. Professor Stevens examines the ready-made, often unconscious, and misleading assumptions we bring to the study and performance of early music. In particular he affirms the importance of Number, in more than one sense, as a clue to the 'aesthetic' of the greater part of repertoire, to the relation of words and melody. and to the baffling problem of their rhythmic interpretation. This is the first wide-ranging study of words and music in this period in any language. It will be essential reading for scholars of the music and the literature of medieval Europe and will provide a basic and comprehensive introduction to the repertoire for students.

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ISBN-13: 9780521339049
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2008
Series: Cambridge Studies in Music Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Number in Music and Verse: 1. The Courtly Chanson; 2. Latin Songs: Conductus and Cantio; 3. The Sequence; 4. Lai and Planctus; Part II. Relations of Speech, Action, Emotion and Meaning: 5. The Dance Song; 6. Narrative Melody I: Epic and Chanson de Geste; 7. Narrative Melody II: Saint's Life and Liturgical narrative; 8. Speech and Melody: Gregorian Chant; 9. Drama I: Liturgy, Ceremony and Play; 10. Drama II: Music, Action and Emotion; 11. Music and Meaning: the Problem of Expressiveness; Part III. Melody, Rhythm and Metre: 12. The Theorists; 13. Palaeography, Notion and Presentation; 14. Rhythm and Genre; 15. Works and Music a Balanced Relationship.

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