Word, Image, and Song, Two-Volume Set

Word, Image, and Song, Two-Volume Set

Essays on Early Modern Italy and Essays on Musical Voices

Edited by Rebecca Cypess, Beth L. Glixon, Nathan Link


University of Rochester Press



New essays by noted authorities explore music and related arts in early modern Italy, the concept of musical voice, the role of singing in musical life, and the many ways of experiencing music.
This two-volume set explores the relationship between words and music -- and the roles they play in culture and society -- from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century. The first volume, Word, Image, and Song: Essays on Early Modern Italy, presents a broad range of approaches to the study of music and related arts during that era. Chapters are devoted to such topics as musical source studies, issues of performance, poetry, and linguistics, influences on music from the Classical tradition, and the interconnectedness of music and visual art. Volume 2, Word, Image, and Song: Essays on Musical Voices, takes the notion of musical voice as a starting point and applies it in varying ways to diverse repertoires and music-historical circumstances, ranging from the operas and cantatas of Handel to the autograph albums of nineteenth-century collector Charlotte de Rothschild. Essays in this volume present a range of interpretive strategies with respect to the "voices" that one might hear and understand as emerging from a musical work, from the historical contexts of music, and from the reception of music and musical ideas within societies.

Rebecca Cypess is assistant professor of music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Beth L. Glixon is instructor in musicology at the University of Kentucky School of Music. Nathan Link is NEH Associate Professor of Music at Centre College.


November 2013
48 black and white, 142 line illustrations
704 pages
9x6 in
Eastman Studies in Music
ISBN: 9781580464543
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC MUS020000, MUS006000
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The excellent scholarship, brilliant insights, and fresh and sometimes unconventional thinking in this impressive collection offer a significant contribution to the study of the relationship of music and verbal text in seventeenth-century Italy. Representing modern approaches to questions that in some cases are more than a century old, these essays reflect a harmonious variety of methods, points of view, and interests. --Hendrik Schulze, Assistant Professor of Music History, University of North Texas

These essays illustrate the diversity of approaches that scholars have applied to the study of text and music in the first decade of the twenty-first century. In their sampling of a fascinating variety of musical genres, milieux, and practices, these studies open windows for new insights into cultural history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as into the lives and musical thinking of writers, composers, and performers. --Douglass Seaton, Warren D. Allen Professor of Music, Florida State University

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