The musical achievements of the so-called 'Franco-Flemish School' have attracted many writers, yet Bruges itself has still to be put back on the map of European music history. This book describes how the people of Bruges shaped their acoustic environment and gave musical expression to their spiritual needs. It is based on a scrutiny of musical sources, stylistic trends in music, composers' achievements, and the function of musical genres; all these are seen against a reconstruction, from archival sources, of the socio-economic context of the art of music - an art which, in all its various manifestations, 'high' and 'low', sacred and secular, courtly and civic, polyphonic and monophonic, mirrors later medieval urban culture as a whole.
`Brilliant and at times provocatively written...a remarkable achievement; a major contribution to our understanding of fifteenth-century music.' Early Music
`Exceptionally rich in facts, ideas and hypotheses, enough of them to occupy scholars for years to come.' Times Literary Supplement
`A very informative, stimulating and evocative work. The musical aspirations and repertories of churches especially the Collegiate Ch. of St. Donatien, confraternities, guilds, city and court are vividly reconstructed, utilising also the detailed research of Belgian scholars. Ecclesiastical and secular occasions blended in a distinctive way. The material and evidence have been enticingly accumulated.'
RH, Archive for Reformation History Supplement Literature Review 20, 1991
Series: Oxford Monographs on Music
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 19th July 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised