A  Critical Companion to Medieval Motets

A Critical Companion to Medieval Motets

Edited by Jared C. Hartt


Boydell Press



First full comprehensive guide to one of the most important genres of music in the middle ages.
Motets constitute the most important polyphonic genre of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, intrinsically involved in its early development. This volume - the first to be devoted exclusively to the topic - aims to provide a comprehensive guide to them, from a number of different disciplines and perspectives. It addresses such crucial matters such as how the motet developed; the rich interplay of musical, poetic, and intertextual modes of meaning specific to the genre; and the changing social and historical circumstances surrounding motets in medieval France, England, and Italy. It also seeks to question many traditional assumptions and received opinions in the area.
The first part of the book considers core concepts in motet scholarship: issues of genre, relationships between the motet and other musico-poetic forms, tenor organization, isorhythm, notational development, social functions, and manuscript layout. This is followed by a series of individual case studies which look in detail at a variety of specific pieces, compositional techniques, collections, and subgenres.

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May 2018
10 black and white, 3 line illustrations
384 pages
24x17 cm
Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music
ISBN: 9781783273072
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC AVGC2, 1D, 2AB, 3H
BISAC MUS020000, MUS048010, REL011000
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Approaching Medieval Motets
The Genre(s) of Medieval Motets
Origins and Interactions: Clausula, Motet, Conductus
Tracing the Tenor in Medieval Motets
Thirteenth-Century Motet Functions: Views through the Lens of the Portare Motet Family
A Prism of its Time: Social Functions of the Motet in Fourteenth-Century France
Motets, Manuscript Culture, Mise-en-page
Clerics, Courtiers, and the Vernacular Two-Voice Motet: The Case of Fines amouretes/Fiat and the Roman de la poire
When Words Converge and Meanings Diverge: Counterexamples to Polytextuality in the Thirteenth-Century Motet
Motets in Chansonniers and the Other Culture of the French Thirteenth-Century Motet
Building a Motet around Quoted Material: Textual and Musical Structure in Motets based on Monophonic Songs
The Duet Motet in England: Genre, Tonal Coherence, Reconstruction
Materia Matters: Reconstructing Colla/Bona
Machaut's Motet 10 and Its Interconnections
A Motet Conceived in Troubled Times: Machaut's Motet 22
A Motet Ahead of Its Time? The Curious Case of Portio nature/Ida capillorum
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