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Summa Musice : A Thirteenth-Century Manual for Singers - Christopher Page

Summa Musice

A Thirteenth-Century Manual for Singers

By: Christopher Page (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th August 1991
ISBN: 9780521404204
Number Of Pages: 294

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How did medieval musicians learn to perform? How did they compose? What was their sense of the history and purpose of music? The Summa musice, a treatise on practical music from c. 1200, sheds light on all these questions. It is a manual for young singers who are learning Gregorian chant for the first time, and provides a compact but comprehensive introduction to notation, performance, and composition, written in a mixture of Latin prose and verse. More than that, however, it is also an introduction to medieval culture: what educated people believed to be worth knowing about music, how they reasoned when they discussed musical questions, the nature of musical thought and how it was expressed. There has been no edition of the Summa musice since 1784, when Gerbert published a very faulty text. Christopher Page's book provides a completely new edition of the Latin text taken from the only surviving original copy, together with an English translation. Both texts are copiously annotated and introduced by an authoritative and illuminating editorial commentary.

"This admirably executed volume provides the student of medieval music with the text and translation of a previously neglected theoretical treatise, one that proves to be of considerable interest, if not overwhelming importance...an elegantly wrought exemplar of insight, learning, and technique; it should stand as a model for subsequent editions and translations of medieval musical writings." Notes "...the Summa Musicae will interest all students of medieval music." Brad Walton, Continuo "...provides a refreshing view of medieval sacred music." Choral Journal

Preface
Abbreviations
Intervallic notation in the Summa musice
The authorship of the treatise
The scope and character of the treatise
Sources and metrics
The text and the edition
Summa musice: the translation
Summa musice: the text
Textual notes and rejected readings
Sources, parallels, citations and allusions
Appendix
Bibliography
Annotated catalogue of chants
Index auctorum
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ISBN: 9780521404204
ISBN-10: 0521404207
Series: Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 294
Published: 30th August 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.6