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Guillaume de Machaut and Reims: Context and Meaning in his Musical Works (Cambridge Studies in Medieval & Renaissance Music) Hardcover – February 17, 2003
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"[A]rgues that Machaut's works are best understood in the context of his long-term relationship to Reims and its cathedral ... this is a wonderful study.... Recommended." Choice
"If the book is remarkable for the wealth of information it provides, much of it new to Machaut scholarship, it is equally valuable for the many questions it raises, as to both method and content, which will necessarily affect future studies. A figure as complex as Guillaume de Macaut must be looked at from a great many angles, and the present work has expanded the horizon in a vital new direction." - Marie Louise Gollner, University of California, Los Angeles
Guillaume de Machaut, renowned fourteenth-century French composer and poet, wrote the first polyphonic Mass and many other important musical works. Friend of royalty, prelates, noted poets, and musicians, Machaut was a cosmopolitan presence in late medieval Europe. He also served as canon of the cathedral of Reims, the coronation site of French kings. From this penetrating study of his music, Machaut emerges as a composer deeply involved in the great crises of his day, one who skilfully and artfully expresses profound themes of human existence in ardent music and poetry.
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