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Late medieval motet texts are brimming with chimeras, centaurs and other strange creatures. In The Monstrous New Art, Anna Zayaruznaya explores the musical ramifications of this menagerie in the works of composers Guillaume de Machaut, Philippe de Vitry, and their contemporaries. Aligning the larger forms of motets with the broad sacred and secular themes of their texts, Zayaruznaya shows how monstrous or hybrid exempla are musically sculpted by rhythmic and textural means. These divisive musical procedures point to the contradictory aspects not only of explicitly monstrous bodies, but of such apparently unified entities as the body politic, the courtly lady, and the Holy Trinity. Zayaruznaya casts a new light on medieval modes of musical representation, with profound implications for broader disciplinary narratives about the history of text-music relations, the emergence of musical unity, and the ontology of the musical work.Read more
- Approaches motets from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including music, literature, and the history of ideas
- Discusses several previously unedited works, revealing their significance for the first time
- Appendices contain texts and translations of the French and Latin works discussed
- Winner, 2019 John Nicholas Brown Prize, The Medieval Academy of America
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‘A thoroughly excellent, original, important, and thought-provoking book, which will prove to be of great interest to a broad constituency of readers in musicology.' Elizabeth Eva Leach, University of OxfordSee more reviews
'Zayaruznaya's book provides compelling new insights into one of the most prominent and least understood genres of late-medieval music.' Karl Kügle, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
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- Date Published: May 2015
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107039667
- length: 320 pages
- dimensions: 253 x 183 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.79kg
- contains: 25 b/w illus. 6 tables 44 music examples
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Songs alive
2. How (not) to write a motet: the exemplary In virtute/Decens
3. Motet visions of an apocalyptic statue
4. Interlude: Nebuchadnezzar's dream
5. Ars nova and division
Epilogue: the poetics of representation
1. Philippe de Vitry, In virtute/Decens: texts, translations, and music
2. Philippe de Vitry, Cum statua/Hugo: texts, translations, and music
3. Philippe de Vitry, Phi millies/O creator: texts, translations, and music
4. Anonymous, Post missarum/Post misse: texts and translations
5. Anonymous, Fortune/Ma dolour: texts and translations
6. Anonymous, Amer/Durement: texts and translations
7. Philippe de Vitry, Firmissime/Adesto: texts and translations
8. Anonymous, Beatius/Cum humanum: texts and translations.
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