Manuscripts and Medieval Song
Inscription, Performance, Context
Part of Music in Context
- Helen Deeming, Royal Holloway, University of London
- Elizabeth Eva Leach, University of Oxford
The manuscript sources of medieval song rarely fit the description of 'songbook' easily. Instead, they are very often mixed compilations that place songs alongside other diverse contents, and the songs themselves may be inscribed as texts alone or as verbal and musical notation. This book looks afresh at these manuscripts through ten case studies, representing key sources in Latin, French, German, and English from across Europe during the Middle Ages. Each chapter is authored by a leading expert and treats a case study in detail, including a listing of the manuscript's overall contents, a summary of its treatment in scholarship, and up-to-date bibliographical references. Drawing on recent scholarly methodologies, the contributors uncover what these books and the songs within them meant to their medieval audience and reveal a wealth of new information about the original contexts of songs both in performance and as committed to parchment.Read more
- Presents new approaches to the place of song in medieval manuscripts to offer fresh perspectives on the musical nature of medieval texts
- A range of experts examine important manuscripts in new ways, giving comprehensive detail about their contents and contexts
- The final chapter provides ideas and suggestions for using the book's conclusions in future study
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- Date Published: August 2015
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316236680
- contains: 7 b/w illus. 27 tables 25 music examples
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Table of Contents
Introduction Helen Deeming and Elizabeth Eva Leach
1. New light on the earliest medieval songbook Sam Barrett
2. The careful cantor and the Carmina Cantabrigiensia Jeremy Llewellyn
3. Across divides: Aquitaine's new song and London, British Library, Additional 36881 Rachel May Golden
4. Wine, women, and song? Reconsidering the Carmina Burana Gundela Bobeth, translated by Henry Hope
5. An English monastic miscellany: the Reading manuscript of Sumer is icumen in Helen Deeming
6. Preserving and recycling: functional multiplicity and shifting priorities in the compilation and continued use of London, British Library, Egerton 274 Helen Deeming
7. Minnesänger, music, miniatures: the Codex Manesse Henry Hope
8. Writing, performance and devotion in the thirteenth-century motet: the 'La Clayette' manuscript Sean Curran
9. A courtly compilation: the Douce Chansonnier Elizabeth Eva Leach
10. Machaut's first single-author compilation Elizabeth Eva Leach
11. Songs, scattered and gathered Helen Deeming and Elizabeth Eva Leach.
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