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Poetry and Music in Seventeenth-Century England - Diane Kelsey McColley

Poetry and Music in Seventeenth-Century England

Hardcover Published: 13th January 1998
ISBN: 9780521593632
Number Of Pages: 332

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This study explores the relationship between the poetic language of Donne, Herbert, Milton, and other British poets, and the choral music and part-songs of composers including Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Weelkes, and Tomkins. The seventeenth century was the time in English literary history when music was most consciously linked to words, and when the mingling of Renaissance and 'new' philosophy opened new discovery routes for the interpretation of art. McColley offers close readings of poems and the musical settings of analogous texts, and discusses the philosophy, performance, and disputed political and ecclesiastical implications of polyphony. She also enters into current discourse about the nature of language, relating poets' use of language and composers' use of music to larger questions concerning the arts, politics and theology.

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'With an impressive discography and bibliography, as well as a useful index, the book is of utmost interest to the musicologist and the specialist of poetry.' Cahiers Elisabethains

List of musical examples
Editions and abbreviations
Note on musical editions
Note on orthography
Nature's voice: concent of words and music
The concinnity of the arts and the church music controversy
Tuning the instrument: Donne's temporal and extemporal song
The choir in Herbert's temple
'Sole, or responsive': voices in Milton's choirs
Empire of the ear: the praise of music
Music, poems and iconography for the liturgical year
Glossary of musical and liturgical terms
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ISBN: 9780521593632
ISBN-10: 0521593638
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 13th January 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66