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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $38.54
  • September 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92022-2
  • 272 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Anthology for Music in the Medieval West


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Margot Fassler (Author, University of Notre Dame)

Series edited by Walter Frisch


A concise anthology featuring a wide range of medieval music.

Anthology for Music in the Medieval West, part of the Western Music in Context series, is the ideal companion to Music in the Medieval West. Forty-four carefully chosen works—including plainchant, the earliest experiments in polyphony, excerpts from Latin liturgical dramas, and the elaborate polyphony of the fourteenth century—offer representative examples of the music of the period. Commentaries following each score present a careful analysis of the music, and online links to purchase and download recordings make listening easier than ever.


Concise analysis

In addition to full scores, the anthology includes concise analyses of the music from both formal and stylistic points of view. Information about form appears in tables, so that students can instantly understand the shape of anthology compositions. In addition to supplying concise analyses, the anthology commentaries also address such issues as sources and performance practice. A short Primer explains medieval systems of music theory, including scales and modes. It also offers lessons in understanding and transcribing medieval notation, as well as a guide to the Christian liturgy.

Easy access to recordings

A wide range of recording options gives students and instructors flexibility in listening to anthology selections. StudySpace provides links to stream nearly every anthology selection from Naxos (accessible via an institutional subscription or a $25 individual subscription), as well as links to purchase and download recordings from iTunes and Amazon, allowing students to listen to music the way they want.

Music in the Medieval West Contents | Anthology Contents

    **Contents subject to change

    1. The Making of the Middle Ages

    2. The Foundations of the Western Middle Ages: Music and Music Theory in the Late Roman Empire

    3. Chant and the Carolingians

    4. The Office, the Mass Ordinary, and Varied Practices of Troping

    5. Sound and Spaces, Theory and Practice in the Eleventh Century

    6. Conquest, Changing Tastes, and Pilgrimage in the Twelfth Century

    7. Poet-Composers in an Age of the Individual

    8. The Thirteenth Century: "Then Truly Was the Time of Singing Come"

    9. Music and Learning in the Thirteenth Century

    10. Music and Narrative in Fourteenth-Century France

    11. The Fourteenth Century in Italy and England

    12. Epilogue: On the Edges

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