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Discovering Medieval Song
Latin Poetry and Music in the Conductus

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  • Date Published: September 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107010390

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  • The Conductus repertory is the body of monophonic and polyphonic non-liturgical Latin song that dominated European culture from the middle of the twelfth century to the beginning of the fourteenth. In this book, Mark Everist demonstrates how the poetry and music interact, explores how musical structures are created, and discusses the geographical and temporal reach of the genre, including its significance for performance today. The volume studies what medieval society thought of the Conductus, its function in medieval society - whether paraliturgical or in other contexts - and how it fitted into patristic and secular Latin cultures. The Conductus emerges as a genre of great poetic and musical sophistication that brought the skills of poets and musicians into alignment. This book provides an all-encompassing view of an important but unexplored repertory of medieval music, engaging with both poetry and music even-handedly to present new and up-to-date perspectives on the genre.

    • Provides an all-encompassing view of the Conductus, a key but largely unexplored body of non-liturgical music, from the twelfth to the fourteenth century
    • Surveys monophonic and polyphonic works even-handedly and treats both poetry and music with equal weight, avoiding musicological or literary prejudices about the genre
    • Enables, for the first time, a full understanding of this important repertory for those interested in early music and medieval poetry and culture
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    'There have been no book-length studies of the Conductus until Discovering Medieval Song, expertly written by the foremost authority on the genre, and on music of the so-called ars antiqua more generally. Covering everything from the Conductus’s complicated relationship to the liturgy, to its ties with contemporaneous genres such as the motet and organum, Discovering Medieval Song is both the first comprehensive study of the genre and a nuanced examination of thorny issues of performance and musico-poetic relationships. Its broad scope should not confuse readers - this is not merely a reportorial survey. Rather, the book offers new insights into performance, form, and the inter- and intratextual poetics of the Conductus, and includes new discoveries and information on sources and individual works. This will be the book to consult on the genre for many decades to come.' Mary Channen Caldwell, University of Pennsylvania

    'Discovering Medieval Song is a masterful achievement. Mark Everist has managed to tame an extremely unruly repertory of medieval song. Ranging far and wide throughout Europe, he brings together the hundreds of examples of the musical-poetic genre of the Conductus in a long-awaited monograph that is the first of its size and scope to tackle the subject. Painstakingly argued and brimming with new insights, this book will also likely be the last word on the topic for years to come.' Thomas B. Payne, College of William and Mary, Virginia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107010390
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 258 x 179 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 22 tables 58 music examples
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: repositioning the Conductus
    Note to the text
    1. Repertories, chronology and style
    2. Poetic and lyric types: words and music
    3. Rhythm and metre: editing and performance
    4. Cadential functions: gesture and closure
    5. The mixed form: architecture and structure
    6. The Conductus and the liturgy
    7. Conductus and motet
    8. The Conductus: intratexts and intertexts
    9. Towards 1300
    Index codicum
    General index.

  • Author

    Mark Everist, University of Southampton
    Mark Everist is Professor of Music at the University of Southampton, and is the author of books including French Motets in the Thirteenth Century (Cambridge, 1994) and Mozart's Ghosts: Haunting the Halls of Musical Culture (2013). He is co-editor of Analytical Strategies and Musical Interpretation (Cambridge, 1996) and of The Cambridge History of Medieval Music (Cambridge, forthcoming) as well as editor of The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music (Cambridge, 2011). His recent collected essays on music in the French nineteenth-century theatre will be published in 2018. His current project is a monograph on Gluck reception in nineteenth-century Paris. He was President of the Royal Musical Association from 2011 to 2017.

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