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Performance and the Middle English Romance /
Linda Marie Zaerr.
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Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2012.
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x, 284 p. : music ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1843843234 (hbk.), 9781843843238 (hbk.)
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imprint
Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2012.
isbn
1843843234 (hbk.)
9781843843238 (hbk.)
catalogue key
8501921
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-274) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Linda Marie Zaerr is Professor of Medieval Studies at Boise State University, Idaho.
Summaries
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An examination of if and how medieval romance was performed, uniquely uniting the perspective of a scholar and practitioner.
Main Description
"With huge experience in performing Middle English romances, Professor Zaerr brings her valuable perspective as a performer to current textual, historical and musicological scholarship, in order to understand better how medieval minstrels performed romances with music. She shows how a broader, more fluid concept of romance can lead us to more profound understanding, and exciting revelations." Professor Marilyn Lawrence, New York University. Although English medieval minstrels performed gestes, a genre closely related to romance, often playing the harp or the fiddle, the question of if, and how, Middle English romance was performed has been hotly debated. Here, the performance tradition is explored by combining textual, historical and musicological scholarship with practical experience from a noted musician. Using previously unrecognised evidence, the author reconstructs a realistic model of minstrel performance, showing how a simple melody can interact with the text, and vice versa. She argues that elements in Middle English romance which may seem simplistic or repetitive may in fact be incomplete, as missing an integral musical dimension; metrical irregularities, for example, may be relics of sophisticated rhythmic variation that make sense only with music. Overall, the study offers both a more accurate comprehension of minstrel performance, and a deeper appreciation of the romances themselves. Linda Marie Zaerr is Professor of Medieval Studies at Boise State University.
Main Description
"With huge experience in performing Middle English romances, Professor Zaerr brings her valuable perspective as a performer to current textual, historical and musicological scholarship, in order to understand better how medieval minstrels performed romances with music. She shows how a broader, more fluid concept of romance can lead us to more profound understanding, and exciting revelations." Professor Marilyn Lawrence, New York University.
Main Description
Although English medieval minstrels performed gestes, a genre closely related to romance, often playing the harp or the fiddle, the question of if, and how, Middle English romance was performed has been hotly debated. Here, the performance tradition is explored by combining textual, historical and musicological scholarship with practical experience from a noted musician. Using previously unrecognised evidence, the author reconstructs a realistic model of minstrel performance, showing how a simple melody can interact with the text, and vice versa. She argues that elements in Middle English romance which may seem simplistic or repetitive may in fact be incomplete, as missing an integral musical dimension; metrical irregularities, for example, may be relics of sophisticated rhythmic variation that make sense only with music. Overall, the study offers both a more accurate comprehension of minstrel performance, and a deeper appreciation of the romances themselves. Linda Marie Zaerr is Professor of Medieval Studies at Boise State University.
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This volume provides an examination of if and how medieval romance was performed, uniquely uniting the perspective of a scholar and practitioner.
Table of Contents
List of Music Examplesp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. x
Introductionp. 1
The Middle English Romance - 'Sum Farand Thinge Eftir Fode'
The Minstrels and the Critics
'This Song I Herde Sing' - Orality in a Broader Cultural Context
Historical Performance
Overview
Continental Traditions of Narrative Performancep. 26
Metaperformance Dimensions of Romance - Harping about Harping
Heroine Minstrels and the Role of Gender in Performance
Minstrels and Minstrel Performance
Records of Music for Narrative
The English Minstrel in History and Romancep. 52
The Fiddlers Who Sang Gray Steel
Historical Records of Narrative Performance in Late Medieval England
Romance References to Minstrel Performance
Musical Instruments and Narrativep. 78
Instruments Associated with Narrative
The Lute
The Harp
The Fiddle
What the Fiddle Reveals about Narrative Performance
Implications for Instrumental Accompaniment of Narrative
Metre, Accent, and Rhythmp. 105
Middle English Verse
Rhythm in Verse and Music
'Edi beo thu': Rhythmic Implications of an English Melody
A Wave-Particle Model of Middle English Verse
Rhythmic Structures in the Tail-Rhyme Stanza
Rhythmic Variation in Middle English Romance Manuscripts
Flexible Realization of a Metrical Verse Design
Performance and the Middle English Romance
Music and the Middle English Romancep. 141
The Contribution of Historical Performance to the Study of Narrative
Combining Voice and Fiddle
Unrhymed Alliterative Long Lines
Tail-Rhyme and Other Stanza Forms
Couplets and the Miscibility of Form: The Case of Gray Steel
Recognizing Traces of Performance
Conclusionsp. 173
The Minstrels Craft and the Immediacy of Audience
Historical Performance Revisited
Implications
Minstrel References in the Middle English Verse Romancesp. 181
Medieval Fiddle Tuning and Implications for Narrative Performancep. 234
Glossary of Termsp. 253
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 275
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