"A magisterial fusion of music history and local historiography...Beyond its vast erudition, modestly concealed beneath a lively and engaging prose style, the book offers much more: it explodes with ideas, unearths and reexamines questions that seemed to have been laid to rest long ago, and approaches music historiography in a way which one hopes future studies will emulate....Brilliant, innovative, and provocative, Strohm's book is a paradigm of history and criticism at its best and a landmark in the historiography of late medieval music."--Journal of the American Musicological Society
"Brilliant and at times provocatively written...a remarkable achievement; a major contribution to our understanding of 15th-century music."--Early Music
"Packed with fascinating details about the musical life of Bruges and those who practiced it...[the book] must be considered one of the major studies of its kind....It is invaluable in filling a gap in our knowledge and offers a fascinating glimpse into the manifold areas of musical creation and performance in an important Flemish city."--Speculum
"Strohm's contribution is new again, equally and suggestively rich. It is a major contribution to 15th century studies."--Musical Times
"Exceptionally rich in facts, ideas and hypotheses, enough of them to occupy scholars for years to come."--Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Reinhard Strohm, Professor of Music History, Yale University.