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The Sounds and Sights of Performance in Early Music [Hardcover]

Maureen Epp , Brian E. Power


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October 1, 2009 0754654834 978-0754654834
The experience of music performance is always far more than the sum of its sounds, and evidence for playing and singing techniques is not only inscribed in music notation but can also be found in many other types of documents and materials. This volume of essays presents a cross-section of new research on performance issues in medieval and renaissance music. The subject is approached from a broad perspective, drawing on complementary disciplines such as dance history, art history, music iconography and performance traditions from beyond western Europe. In doing so, the volume continues some of the many lines of enquiry pursued by its dedicatee, Timothy J. McGee, over a lifetime of scholarship devoted to practical questions of playing and singing early music. Expanding the bases of enquiry to include various social, political, historical or aesthetic backgrounds both broadens our knowledge of the issues pertinent to early music performance and informs our understanding of other cultural activities within which music played an important role. The book is divided into two parts: Viewing the Evidence, in which visually based information is used to address particular questions of music performance; and Reconsidering Contexts, in which diplomatic, commercial and cultural connections to specific repertories or compositions are considered in detail. This book will be of value not only to specialists in early music but to all scholars of the medieval and renaissance periods whose interests intersect with the visual, aural and social aspects of music performance.

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About the Author

Brian E. Power is Associate Professor of Music at Brock University, Canada. He has published on manuscript transmission and performance-practice issues associated with polyphonic liturgical music of the fifteenth century, with a specific focus on the introit repertory in the Trent Codices. Maureen Epp, Ph.D., has taught at the University of Toronto and at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo. Her published research includes articles on French popular song and German vernacular religious song from the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754654834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754654834
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,536,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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