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  • October 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-90355-3
  • 320 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Music in the Renaissance

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Richard Freedman (Author, Haverford College)

Series edited by Walter Frisch


Renaissance music in its cultural, social, and intellectual contexts.

Richard Freedman's Music in the Renaissance shows how music and other forms of expression were adapted to changing tastes and ideals in Renaissance courts and churches. Giving due weight to sacred, secular, and instrumental genres, Freedman invites readers to consider who made music, who sponsored and listened to it, who preserved and owned it, and what social and aesthetic purposes it served. While focusing on broad themes such as music and the literary imagination and the art of improvisation, he also describes Europeans' musical encounters with other cultures and places.

Western Music in Context: A Norton History comprises six volumes of moderate length, each written in an engaging style by a recognized expert. Authoritative and current, the series examines music in the broadest sense—as sounds notated, performed, and heard—focusing not only on composers and works, but also on broader social and intellectual currents.


Music in the Renaissance contents | Anthology contents

    Part I: Beginnings

    1. Music and the Cultures of the Renaissance
    2. Learning to Be a Musician

    Part II: Before 1500

    3. Music at Court and a Songbook for Beatrice
    4. Piety, Devotion, and Ceremony
    5. Structures and Symbols in Cantus Firmus and Canon

    Part III: Around 1500

    6. Number, Medicine, and Magic
    7. Music and the Ideal Courtier
    8. Josquin des Prez and the “Perfect Art”
    9. Scribes, Printers, and Owners

    Part IV: After 1500

    10. Music and the Literary Imagination
    11. Music and the Crisis of Belief
    12. The Arts of Improvisation, Embellishment, and Variation
    13. Empire, Exploration, and Encounter
    14. Tradition and Innovation around 1600