Publication – Helen Deeming, Frieda van der Heijden, « Medieval Polyphony and Song »

What characterises medieval polyphony and song? Who composed this music, sang it, and wrote it down? Where and when did the different genres originate, and under what circumstances were they created and performed? This book gives a comprehensive introduction to the rich variety of polyphonic practices and song traditions during the Middle Ages. It explores song from across Europe, in Latin and vernacular languages (precursors to modern Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish); and polyphony from early improvised organum to rhythmically and harmonically complex late medieval motets. Each chapter focuses on a particular geographical location, setting out the specific local contexts of the music created there. Guiding the reader through the musical techniques of melody, harmony, rhythm, and notation that distinguish the different genres of polyphony and song, the authors also consider the factors that make modern performances of this music sound so different from one another.

Table des matières :

1. Introduction and historical outline
2. Monastic centres in the early middle ages
3. Court and cloister in Aquitaine and Occitania
4. City, cathedral, and university in Paris
5. Courts and cities in northern France
6. Scribes, scholars, and secretaries in fourteenth-century France
7. England after the Norman conquest
8. On the shores of the mediterranean: Italy, Sicily, and the Iberian Peninsula
9. The German- and Dutch-speaking lands
10. Medievalisms: modern encounters with medieval polyphony and song

Informations pratiques :

Helen Deeming, Frieda van der Heijden, Medieval Polyphony and Song, Camridge, Cambridge University Press, 2023 ; 1 vol., 272 p. (Cambridge Introductions to Music). ISBN : 978-1-31660-149-5. prix : GBP 26,99.

Source : Cambridge University Press

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