This is the place to come to learn about the manuscripts, about the copying of text and music, about forms, rhetorical devices, compositional techniques and biographies... a down-to-earth treatment of the discernible facts, ordered according to the types of evidence that survives. It is a book to sober up the discipline." --Times Literary Supplement "Specialists and general readers alike will be grateful to have this fine book ..." -Choice "The book is the fruit of many years of research the information collected, sifted and made available to scholars will be very useful indeed." --The Medieval Review 1/2The Music of the Troubadours studies the 315 extant melodies of the troubadours of Occitania, whose poetry and music reflect the social and political milieu of the late medieval Mediterranean world. "[I]nvaluable for musicologists and troubadour scholars interested in knowing about the 'whole song', and it also provides an excellent introduction to troubadour music for the historian, philologist or, indeed, anyone with a passing interest." --David Cashman, Parergon "It is a down-to-earth treatment of the discernible facts, ordered according to the type of evidence that survives. It is a book to sober up the discipline." --Daniel Leech-Wilkinson,Times Literary Supplement "[A] welcome guide for the growing number of performers wishing to recreate these magical treasures from the medieval Midi." --Donna Mayer-Martin, Notes"
From the Back Cover
The Music of the Troubadours is the first comprehensive critical study of the 315 extant melodies of the troubadours of Occitania in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It begins with an overview of the social and political milieu of the late medieval Mediterranean world, along with brief biographies of the 42 troubadours whose music survives. Elizabeth Aubrey then describes in detail the four manuscripts that transmit this music, and her analysis of scribal procedures shows the overlapping roles of composers, singers, and scribes. Music and poetry complemented each other. Aubrey examines the medieval poetic traditions within which the troubadours composed, including discussions of genre, versification, and poetic style. Through an in-depth analysis of the forms and styles of the melodies, she identifies musical traits of certain composers and offers a broad view of the chronological development of the music. She also discusses issues of performance practice, such as rhythm, the use of instruments, chromatic inflections, and ornamentation, to aid today's musicians in recreating these timeless and beautiful songs.
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