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The Motet in the Age of Du Fay

The Motet in the Age of Du Fay

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  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521543378

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  • During the lifetime of Guillaume Du Fay (c. 1400–1474) the motet underwent a profound transformation. Because of the protean nature of the motet during this period, problems of definition have always stood in the way of a full understanding of this crucial shift. Through a comprehensive survey of the surviving repertory, Julie Cumming shows that the motet is best understood on the level of the subgenre. She employs new ideas about categories taken from cognitive psychology and evolutionary theory to illuminate the process by which the subgenres of the motet arose and evolved. One important finding is the nature and extent of the crucial role that English music played in the genre's transformation. Cumming provides a close reading of many little-known pieces; she also shows how Du Fay's motets were the product of sophisticated experimentation with generic boundaries.

    • This is the first study of a little-known period in music history
    • Contains a massive survey of the repertory and of relevant literature
    • Provides a new way of using genre in interpretation
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ' … a marvellous lesson in how to appreciate what remains for most modern music lovers an unfamiliar form.' BBC Music Magazine

    'Cumming has provided us with a highly useful and workable map of stylistic change for the motet.' The Times Literary Supplement

    ' … Cumming writes extremely clearly and is an excellent guide.' The Singer

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521543378
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 43 tables 32 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Models and Methods:
    1. Approaches and analogies
    2. Subgenre, interpretation, and the generic repertoire
    3. Fifteenth-century uses of the term 'motet'
    Part II. Motets in the Early Fifteenth Century: The Case of Bologna Q15:
    4. The motet section of Bologna Q15 and its ramifying roots
    5. A new hybrid subgenre: the cut-circle motet
    6. Other new hybrid subgenres
    7. The motet in the early fifteenth century: evolution and interpretation
    Part III. Motets in the Mid-Fifteenth Century: The Case of the Trent Codices:
    8. Motets in the Trent codices: establishing the boundaries
    9. English and continental cantilena-style motets
    10. Motets with a tenor cantus firmus c. 1430–1450
    11. Freely composed four-voice writing in transition
    12. The four-voice motet c. 1450–1475.

  • Author

    Julie E. Cumming, McGill University, Montréal

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