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Poetry and Music in Seventeenth-Century England

  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036290


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  • This study explores the relationship between the poetic language of Donne, Herbert, Milton and other British poets, and the choral music and part-songs of composers including Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Weelkes and Tomkins. The seventeenth century was the time in English literary history when music was most consciously linked to words, and when the mingling of Renaissance and 'new' philosophy opened new discovery routes for the interpretation of art. McColley offers close readings of poems and the musical settings of analogous texts, and discusses the philosophy, performance, and disputed political and ecclesiastical implications of polyphony. She also enters into the discourse about the nature of language, relating poets' use of language and composers' use of music to larger questions concerning the arts, politics and theology.

    • 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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    'With an impressive discography and bibliography, as well as a useful index, the book is of utmost interest to the musicologist and the specialist of poetry.' Cahiers Elisabéthains

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036290
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.496kg
    • 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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