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Poetry and Music in Seventeenth-Century England

Poetry and Music in Seventeenth-Century England

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  • Date Published: January 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521593632

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  • This study explores the relationship between the poetic language of Donne, Herbert, Milton and other British poets of the seventeenth century, and the choral music and part-songs of composers including Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Weelkes, and Tomkins. McColley combines close readings of particular poems and musical compositions with engagement in historical controversy about the significance of the arts, their relation to politics, and the reliability of language.

    • Exploration of the relationship between poetry and music in the seventeenth century, of interest to literary and musical scholars
    • Offers revealing perspectives on the work of canonical poets such as Donne and Milton
    • Helpful supporting materials including chronology and discography
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "McColley's genuine love of the music and texts she examines is a persistent undercurrent in this book, and her willingness to submit her ideas to the scrutiny of a variety of specialists--even when, as in the opening chapter, her conclusions might seem a bit unoriginal, and her insights mostly on a local level--is laudable. Herein, I would submit lies the greatest value of this work for musicologists, and ultimately it is this quality that determines the success of McColley's endeavor. Reading the final pages, with their apostrophe to organs and parish choirs, one becomes aware tht McColley's book is, in a way, her own "song": an intensely personal statement from a respected scholar, and a compelling demonstration of the extent to which an ear for music and an ear for poetry can be mutually enriching." Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music

    "...this book unquestionably enables us to "listen" to the seventeenth-century poets with greatly increased appreciation." Journal of English and Germanic Philology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521593632
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.585kg
    • contains: 10 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of musical examples
    Editions and abbreviations
    Note on musical editions
    Note on orthography
    1. Nature's voice: concent of words and music
    2. The concinnity of the arts and the church music controversy
    3. Tuning the instrument: Donne's temporal and extemporal song
    4. The choir in Herbert's temple
    5. 'Sole, or responsive': voices in Milton's choirs
    6. Empire of the ear: the praise of music
    Appendix I. Music, poems and iconography for the liturgical year
    Appendix II. Chronology
    Appendix III. Glossary of musical and liturgical terms

  • Author

    Diane Kelsey McColley, Rutgers University, New Jersey

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