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Musical Creativity in Restoration England

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  • Publication planned for: August 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108700979


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  • Musical Creativity in Restoration England is the first comprehensive investigation of approaches to creating music in late seventeenth-century England. Understanding creativity during this period is particularly challenging because many of our basic assumptions about composition - such as concepts of originality, inspiration and genius - were not yet fully developed. In adopting a new methodology that takes into account the historical contexts in which sources were produced, Rebecca Herissone challenges current assumptions about compositional processes and offers new interpretations of the relationships between notation, performance, improvisation and musical memory. She uncovers a creative culture that was predominantly communal, and reveals several distinct approaches to composition, determined not by individuals, but by the practical function of the music. Herissone's new and original interpretations pose a fundamental challenge to our preconceptions about what it meant to be a composer in the seventeenth century and raise broader questions about the interpretation of early modern notation.

    • Provides a comprehensive account of how music was created and recreated by musicians in the late seventeenth century, allowing the reader to develop a fuller understanding of musical creativity
    • Challenges preconceptions about what 'composition' entails, including assumptions about originality and the primacy of the composer
    • Places individuals within the context of the institutions and cultures in which they trained and worked, and emphasises the importance of collaborative creativity in the period
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    • Winner of the 2015 Diana McVeagh Prize, North American British Music Studies Association

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    '… Herissone's study is a highly significant contribution to a better understanding of compositional processes and musical invention in Restoration England …' Peter Hauge, The Seventeenth Century

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108700979
    • length: 459 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • contains: 38 b/w illus. 60 tables 152 music examples
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Creative Contexts and Principles:
    1. Imitation, originality and authorship
    2. Sources and their functions
    Part II. Creative Strategies:
    3. 'Ye Fowle Originall in Score': initial invention and the functions of notation
    4. 'I have here sent ye full Anthems': serial recomposition and the culture of transmission
    5. 'For Seaverall Friends': private music and the study of musical texts
    6. 'His mind be filled with the materiall': arrangement, improvisation and the role of memory.

  • Author

    Rebecca Herissone, University of Manchester
    Rebecca Herissone was educated at the University of Cambridge and is Senior Lecturer in Musicology and Head of Music at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Music Theory in Seventeenth-Century England (2000) and 'To Fill, Forbear, or Adorne': The Organ Accompaniment of Restoration Sacred Music (2006). She has also produced a critical edition of the treatise Synopsis of Vocal Musick (2006), and edited and contributed to The Ashgate Research Companion to Henry Purcell (2012). Recent journal articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society and the Journal of Musicology, and her article for Music and Letters on the scoring of Purcell's Come ye Sons of Art won the Westrup Prize for 2007. She is now a co-editor of the journal. She has written extensively on approaches to composition in late seventeenth-century English music.


    • Winner of the 2015 Diana McVeagh Prize, North American British Music Studies Association

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