Machaut's Music: New Interpretations

Machaut's Music: New Interpretations

Edited by Elizabeth Eva Leach

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Overview

Overview

Guillaume de Machaut was the foremost poet-composer of his time. Studies look at all aspects of his prodigious output.
Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377) is regarded as the greatest French poet-composer of the middle ages, as he was during his lifetime. A trained secretary, with a passion for collecting, copying and ordering his own work, the number of surviving notated musical works attributed to him far exceeds that of any of his contemporaries. All the main genres of song - lais, virelais, balades, and rondeaux - together with Machaut's motets, and his famous Mass cycle are considered here from a variety of perspectives. These incorporate the latest scholarly understanding of both Machaut's poetry and music, and the material form they take when notated in the surviving manuscripts. The book thus presents a detailed picture of the current range of interpretative approaches to Machaut's music, focusing variously on counterpoint, musica ficta, text setting, musico-poetic meanings, citation and intertextuality, tonality, and compositional method. Several of Machaut's works are discussed by a pair of contributors, who reach conclusions at times mutually reinforcing or complementary, at times contradictory and mutually exclusive. That Machaut's music thrives on such constructive debate and disagreement is a tribute to his scope as an artist, and his musico-poetic achievement.

Contributors: JENNIFER BAIN, MARGARET BENT, CHRISTIAN BERGER, JACQUES BOOGAART, THOMAS BROWN, ALICE V. CLARK, JANE E. FLYNN, JEHOASH HIRSHBERG, KARL KUEGLE, ELIZABETH EVA LEACH, DANIEL LEECH-WILKINSON, ETER M. LEFFERTS, WILLIAM PETER MAHRT, KEVIN N. MOLL, VIRGINIA NEWES, YOLANDA PLUMLEY, OWEN REES, ANNE STONE.
ELIZABETH EVA LEACH lectures in music at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Details

November 2003
3 black and white illustrations
314 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music
ISBN: 9781843830160
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC AV, 1DDF, 2AB, 3H, 4P
BISAC MUS020000
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Table of Contents

Symmetry and Dissymmetry in the Music of the Lay de Bonne Esperance (L18/13) - Virginia Newes
SPECULUM MORTIS: Form and Signification in Machaut's Motet Hé Mors / Fine Amour / Quare non sum mortuus (M3) - Jacques Boogaart
Observations on Machaut's Hé Mors, com tu es haie / Fine Amour, qui me vint navrer / Quare non sum mortuus (M3) - Alice V Clark
Flos / Celsa and Machaut's Motets: Emulation - and Error? - Thomas Brown
Texture and Counterpoint in the Four-Voice Mass Settings of Machaut and his Contemporaries - Kevin N Moll
The 'Harmony' of the Machaut Mass - Margaret Bent
Machaut's Mass and Sounding Number -
Singing More About Singing Less: Machaut's Pour ce que tous (B12) - Elizabeth Eva Leach
Music Writing and Poetic Voice in Machaut: Some Remarks on B12 and R14 - Anne Stone
A Portrayal of the Lady who Guards her Honour (B25) - Jehoash Hirshberg
Machaut's B-flat Balade Honte, paour (B25) - Peter M Lefferts
The Intabulation of De toutes flours (B31) in the Codex Faenza as Analytical Model - Jane E Flynn
Machaut's Balade Ploures dames (B32) in the Light of Real Modality - Christian Berger
Balades 32 and 33 and the 'res dalemangne' - Jennifer Bain
Male and Female Voice in Two Virelais of Guillaume de Machaut - William Mahrt
The Marriage of Words and Music: Musique Naturele and Musique Artificiele in Machaut's Sans cuer, dolens (R4)(R4) - Yolanda Plumley
Rose, lis Revisited - Daniel Leech-Wilkinson
Some Observations Regarding Musico-Textual Interrelationships in Late Rondeaux by Machaut - Karl Kugle

Reviews

A key study, which will be of value for some years to come. CLASSICAL NET REVIEW

A closely argued, stimulating examination of Machaut and his music. RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY

A useful collection that gathers current discourses and debates into one convenient volume. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MUSICOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Each essay provides a valuable contribution to Machaut scholarship.. A carefully planned collection of essays that serves as a welcome contribution to the current musicological literature. MUSIC RESEARCH FORUM

Immensely thought-provoking and should be present on the shelves of any institution teaching and researching the music of the late middle ages. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

Has much to offer all Machaut scholars. SPECULUM

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