The Cambridge companion to medieval music

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Everist, Mark.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Series: Cambridge companions to music.
Online Access: Online version
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The 19 essays in this excellent guide are subsumed into three main groupings: chronological, geographic, and thematic. This tripartite approach works very well given the enormity and diversity of the music in question. Indeed, fitting approximately 900 years' worth of music history into a single volume is a nearly impossible task, but Everist (Univ. of Southampton, UK) and his fellow the contributors have managed to do this to a remarkable degree. The volume benefits from its emphasis on the social, literary, and geographic contexts in which medieval music was composed, performed, and propagated. Of special interest are Christopher Page's "The Geography of Medieval Music," in which five European circuits of communication and long-term political history are delineated and examined as conduits for the dissemination of various musical repertories and traditions, and Lawrence Earp's "Reception," which concludes the book and offers a useful survey of the reception and historiography of medieval music with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above. W. E. Grim Strayer University

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