Discarding images : reflections on music and culture in medieval France /
Christopher Page.
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
xxiv, 222 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0198163460 (cloth : acid-free paper) :
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Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
0198163460 (cloth : acid-free paper) :
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SCAR copy has imprint date 1994.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-215) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-02:
Page, as anyone interested in early music will agree, is certainly among the best of a new generation of scholars and performers to consider the at times difficult musical world of medieval France. In his previous books (most notably Voices and Instruments of the Middle Ages, CH, Jul'87, and The Owl and the Nightingale, CH, Sep'90) Page revealed dazzling control over French literary sources, ecclesiastical writings, and the musical practices they inform. Indeed, much of this same concern for the linguistic and musical subtleties of his primary texts returns in Discarding Images. But his new book, as its title obliquely implies, is more than a study of medieval French music and culture. Instead, Page's present concern is with the ways in which critical assumptions about the Middle Ages themselves, many of them borrowed from 19th-century historiography, have in part helped to portray this as a moribund musical culture, dominated by the obscure thought patterns of intellectual and social elites. In place of this traditional view of much of medieval civilization, this book offers a portrait of composers and audiences, from 12th-century Paris to 15th-century Dijon, whose tastes were far more varied than those of the idealized clerics and courtiers commonly represented in musicological writings. Advanced undergraduate and graduate collections. R. Freedman; Haverford College
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. x
List of Music Examplesp. xii
Introductionp. xv
Cathedralismp. 1
The Rise of the Vernacular Motetp. 43
Johannes de Grocheio, the Litterati, and Verbal Subtilitas in the Ars Antiqua Motetp. 65
Ars Nova and Algorismp. 112
Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages, and the Chansonp. 140
Afterword: Towards the Renaissance?p. 189
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 217
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