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Chromatic Beauty in the Late Medieval Chanson

Chromatic Beauty in the Late Medieval Chanson
An Interpretation of Manuscript Accidentals

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  • Date Published: November 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521550512

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  • This book provides an in-depth study of the late medieval chanson, from Gace Brulé through Guillaume Du Fay. It is largely concerned with interpretation of the way accidentals function, not only at the level of local detail but also as part of the overall design, and explores the way inflections are used by the composer as an expressive tool. Support for this approach comes from reference to causa pulchritudinis ("by reason of beauty"), a justification for chromatic writing first encountered at the beginning of the fourteenth century.

    • Provides a critical survey of late medieval songs
    • Will be useful to performers of medieval (and Renaissance) music who are interested in performance practice
    • Will be of interest to scholars in related disciplines of literature and art, especially in terms of aesthetics
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    "I like this book. It is well written and edited, and it is argued both subtly and strongly...it presents a point of view that has always been present in our field though rarely discussed clearly." Peter Urquhart, Notes

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521550512
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 3 tables 48 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction: Musica ficta, causa pulchritudinis
    1. Trouvère manuscript O
    2. Machaut's polyphonic songs
    3. MSS Chantilly Musée Condé 564 and Oxford, Bodleian Library, Canonici Misc. 213
    4. Du Fay: mid-century developments
    List of works cited
    Index.

  • Author

    Thomas Brothers, Duke University, North Carolina

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