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Speculum musicae (SMUS 40)

Ars Antiqua, Music and Culture in Europe c. 1150-1330

G. Bevilacqua, T. Payne (eds.)
approx. 400 p., 210 x 270 mm
ISBN: 978-2-503-59099-8
Languages: English
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This volume presents new contributions that address the principal polyphonic genres of the time (organum, motet, conductus) as well as vernacular and monophonic songs, issues of musical and poetic aesthetics, manuscript tradition and production, authorship, liturgical practices, the continuance of «ars antiqua» ideas well into the fourteenth-century era of the «ars nova», and the role that information technologies may play in future «ars antiqua» scholarship.
The long thirteenth-century saw the emergence and proliferation of a diverse and unprecedented outpouring of musical activity known as the «ars antiqua». Polyphonic, monophonic, liturgical, paraliturgical, secular, Latin, and vernacular genres were cultivated and disseminated throughout Europe on a scale not seen since the imposition of the liturgical plainchant repertory centuries earlier. This volume presents eleven new contributions that address the principal polyphonic genres of the time (organum, motet, conductus) as well as vernacular and monophonic songs, issues of musical and poetic aesthetics, manuscript tradition and production, authorship, liturgical practices, the continuance of «ars antiqua» ideas well into the fourteenth-century era of the «ars nova», and the role that information technologies may play in future «ars antiqua» scholarship. With its examination of musical and cultural contributions from all across Europe through a wide variety of different perspectives by a range of scholars from all over the globe, this book both contributes to and substantiates the healthy state of inquiry into one of the most significant artistic achievements of pre-modern Europe.

Gregorio BEVILACQUA is a Senior Administrator at the Medical Research Council – Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, Southampton University Hospital. He is a former Research Assistant at the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Music of the University of Southampton, where he was the main curator of an online conductus database.   

Thomas B. PAYNE is the David N. and Margaret C. Bottoms Professor of Music at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in the United States. He has published articles on medieval music in the Journal of the American Musicological Society and Speculum, The Cambridge History of Medieval Music, and in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians among other places.
Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Musicology
History of Music

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