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Guillaume de Machaut and Reims
Context and Meaning in his Musical Works

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  • Date Published: March 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036085

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  • Guillaume de Machaut, fourteenth-century French composer and poet, wrote the first polyphonic Mass and many other important musical works. Friend of royalty, prelates, noted poets, and musicians, Machaut was a cosmopolitan presence in late medieval Europe. He also served as canon of the cathedral of Reims, the coronation site of French kings. From this penetrating study of his music, Machaut emerges as a composer deeply involved in the great crises of his day, one who skillfully and artfully expressed profound themes of human existence in ardent music and poetry.

    • Provides information on the music and poetry of the most renowned composer of fourteenth-century France
    • An alternative understanding of the interaction of music, poetry, and theology in the late Middle Ages
    • Provides further understanding of the relationship between late medieval music and politics
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    "[A]rgues that Machaut's works are best understood in the context of his long-term relationship to Reims and its cathedral ... this is a wonderful study.... Recommended." Choice

    "If the book is remarkable for the wealth of information it provides, much of it new to Machaut scholarship, it is equally valuable for the many questions it raises, as to both method and content, which will necessarily affect future studies. A figure as complex as Guillaume de Macaut must be looked at from a great many angles, and the present work has expanded the horizon in a vital new direction." - Marie Louise Gollner, University of California, Los Angeles

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    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036085
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 168 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 14 tables 19 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations and conventions
    Prologue: context and meaning in Guillaume de Machaut's musical works
    Part I. Reims and its Music: Cathedral, City, Archdiocese:
    1. Guillaume de Machaut in Reims
    2. Canonical affirmation and resistance in Machaut's motets 18 and 19
    Part II. Turned-About Love Songs:
    3. Machaut's motets 1-17 and the medieval mystical tradition
    4. The beginning of love's journey
    5. The middle of love's journey: the struggle with sin
    6. The end of love's journey: union with the beloved
    Part III. Music of War, Kingship and Final Things:
    7. Machaut's late motets and the Hundred Years War in Reims
    8. Machaut's David Hocket and the coronation of Charles V (1364)
    9. Machaut's Mass of Our Lady and composer remembrance through music
    Epilogue: context, meaning and artistry in Machaut's music
    Appendix A: documents
    Appendix B: texts and translations of Machaut's motets
    Appendix C: manuscripts consulted for the musical examples
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index of works by Machaut
    Index of manuscripts
    General index.

  • Author

    Anne Walters Robertson, University of Chicago
    Anne Walters Robertson is Professor of Music at The University of Chicago. She is the author of The Service Books of the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis: Images of Ritual and Music in the Middle Ages (1991). She was awarded the John Nicholas Brown Prize of the Medieval Academy of America in 1995.

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