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Medieval and Renaissance Music: A Performer's Guide Paperback – October 1, 1985

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (October 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802067298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802067296
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The book is attractively presented, and the clear arrangement of chapters, along with the comprehensive index,makes it a valuable reference work heartily to be welcomed.'

(Scott Patterson)

About the Author

Timothy J. McGee is a professor in the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tan A. Summers on July 13, 2001
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Timothy McGee's Performer's Guide was recommended to me by Therese Honey, who performs, records, and teaches medieval harp technique. I am very impressed with it and greatly appreciate her recommendation. This is a practical book, and could be used by someone new to early music as well as someone with a deeper background. A good index makes it possible to pick out sections related to a particular instrument. Good writing by a knowledgeable author makes it enjoyable to read the whole book.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Pagenkopf on June 27, 2000
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Renaissance music was a key aspect of my high school experience as I sang under the direction of a man who has received his Masters Degree in its components and has a compelling love of its applications. From sacred to secular and serious to silly, Renaissance music covered a breadth of ideas and ideals, many of which modern performers without depth of knowledge or experience cannot relate or understand. This book serves to quell those absences of information on such an important period of musical history. I think of this as a necessary tool for any performer in studying the intricacies of this period's collaborative parts. Notice the title does not mention EXPERIENCED performer's guide to Renaissance music. This is a tool for any musical performer to enhance themsleves as musicians and as people. It is for the layman and the scholar to enjoy, and enjoy they will. Renaissance music established a firm foundation for all modern methods of musical ideology. It is only reasonable to presume that the modern musical mind should want to discover its artistic roots through such a resource as this.
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