Publication – « The Production and Reading of Music Sources. Mise-en-page in manuscripts and printed books containing polyphonic music, 1480–1530 », dir. T. Schmidt et C. T. Leitmeir

The first comprehensive study of how polyphonic music of the Renaissance was laid out on the written or printed page, and how this influenced the ways it was read or sung

Renaissance sources of polyphonic music not only convey a rich repertoire of some of the most impressive music ever written. From the point of view of their layout or mise-en-page, they are also amongst the most complex books of their time. They typically combine verbal text, musical notation and other graphic devices, and the different voice parts are arranged to be read separately by the performers, yet to be performed simultaneously. As an integral part of the production and use of these books, the mise-en-page thus provides crucial information for the understanding of the repertoire that is transmitted through them.

The present volume combines a number of studies resulting from a research project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) into this question, combining the examination of a number of overarching themes (e.g. luxury codices, printed polyphony, music theory books, illumination) with case studies of individual sources.


Table des matières :

1 Thomas Schmidt – Making Polyphonic Books in the Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries
2 Christian Thomas Leitmeir – Made to Measure: Compositional Challenges behind the Penitential Psalm Codices from the Munich Court
3 Sanna Raninen – The Early History of Printed Folio Choirbooks: Production and Layout
4 Stanley Boorman – The Representation of Notation in Early Printed Treatises on Music
5 Mara Hofmann – The Decoration of Music Manuscripts from the Burgundian-Habsburg Court
6 Mara Hofmann – Brussels, Koninklijke Bibliotheek/Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, MS 9126
7 Mara Hofmann – The Chansonnier of Margaret of Austria (Brussels, Koninklijke Bibliotheek/Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, MS 228)
8 Mara Hofmann – Mechelen, Archief en Stadsbibliotheek, s.s.
9 Joanna Fronska -London, British Library, Royal MS 20 A. xvi
10 Ian Rumbold -Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Mus. Ms. 3154 (‘Leopold Codex’)
11 Ian Rumbold -Hradec Králové, Muzeum Východních Čech, Knihovna, MS II A 7 (‘Speciálník Codex’)
12 Ian Rumbold – The Polyphonic Manuscripts of the Duomo in Modena


Table des matières :

T. Schmidt et C. T. Leitmeir (dir.), The Production and Reading of Music Sources. Mise-en-page in manuscripts and printed books containing polyphonic music, 1480–1530, Turnhout, Brepols, 2018 (Epitome musical). XL+541 p., 339 b/w ill. + 58 colour ill., 230 x 280 mm. ISBN: 978-2-503-57961-0. Prix : 75 euros.

Source : Brepols

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