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Eight Centuries of Troubadours and Trouvères

Eight Centuries of Troubadours and Trouvères
The Changing Identity of Medieval Music

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Part of Musical Performance and Reception

  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521108140

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  • From the medieval chansonniers to contemporary rap renditions, this book traces the changing interpretation of troubadour and trouvère music, a repertoire of songs which have successfully maintained public interest for eight centuries. A study of their reception, therefore, serves to illustrate the development of the modern concept of "medieval music". Important stages in their evolution include sixteenth-century antiquarianism; the Enlightenment synthesis of scholarly and popular traditions; and the infusion of archaeology and philology in the nineteenth century, leading to more recent theories on medieval rhythm.

    • An unprecedented pre-history of 'early music'
    • The first large-scale reception history of medieval music
    • Important work on historiography devoted to little-studied topics (like notion of 'naif') and persons (like Moncrif)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This volume provides an interesting examination of the repertory of troubadour and trouvère music. The author's final conclusions and discussions of modern-day appearances of this repertory are especially enjoyable. Highly recommended." B.L. Eden, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, CHOICE

    "John Haines' book tackles several large tasks: expounding the historiography of a musical repertoire; dilineating and contextualizing their reception; and illuminating the epistemological pitfalls for the curren scholar who studies them." - Elizabeth Aubrey, University of Iowa

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521108140
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 12 tables 53 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The first readers
    2. The changing song
    3. Enlightened readers
    4. The science of translation
    5. Recent readings
    6. Conclusions
    7. Epilogue

  • Author

    John Haines, University of Toronto
    John Haines holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, where he teaches at the faculty of Music and the Centre for Medieval Studies. His primary area of research is thirteenth-century monophony and its reception, and he has published related articles in Revue d'Histoire du Theatre, Early Music History and other journals.

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