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

Words and Music in the Middle Ages

Song, Narrative, Dance and Drama, 1050-1350

Paperback Published: 15th December 1986
ISBN: 9780521339049
Number Of Pages: 576

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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 trouveres 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.

Number in Music and Verse
The Courtly Chanson
Latin Songs: Conductus and Cantio
The Sequence
Lai and Planctus
Relations of Speech, Action, Emotion and Meaning
The Dance Song
Narrative Melody I: Epic and Chanson de Geste
Narrative Melody II: Saint's Life and Liturgical narrative
Speech and Melody: Gregorian Chant
Drama I: Liturgy, Ceremony and Play
Drama II: Music, Action and Emotion
Music and Meaning: the Problem of Expressiveness
Melody, Rhythm and Metre
The Theorists
Palaeography, Notion and Presentation
Rhythm and Genre
Works and Music a Balanced Relationship
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ISBN: 9780521339049
ISBN-10: 0521339049
Series: Cambridge Studies in Music
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 15th December 1986
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 16.99  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 0.91