Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside Guillaume de Machaut and Reims

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

$63.99 (C)

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

$ 63.99 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • 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
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "[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

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • 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
    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
    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.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.