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Where Sight Meets Sound

The Poetics of Late-Medieval Music Writing

«With the invention of the ars nova notational system in the early fourteenth century, composers could explore a vast array of previously unavailable rhythmic possibilities. Zazulia's groundbreaking book gives the first detailed account of how this played out in musical practice for the next two hundred years, coming up with new ideas and observations on virtually every page. A major achievement in the history of early music!»

Anna Maria Busse Berger, Distinguished Professor of Music, University of California – Davis

The main function of western musical notation is incidental: it prescribes and records sound. But during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, notation began to take on an aesthetic life all its own. Les mer

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The main function of western musical notation is incidental: it prescribes and records sound. But during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, notation began to take on an aesthetic life all its own. In the early fifteenth century, a musician might be asked to sing a line slower, faster, or starting on a different pitch than what is written. By the end of the century composers had begun tasking singers with solving elaborate puzzles to produce sounds whose
relationship to the written notes is anything but obvious. These instructions, which appear by turns unnecessary and confounding, challenge traditional conceptions of music writing that understand notation as an incidental consequence of the desire to record sound. This book explores innovations in
late-medieval music writing as well as how modern scholarship on notation has informed-sometimes erroneously-ideas about the premodern era. Drawing on both musical and music-theoretical evidence, this book reframes our understanding of late-medieval musical notation as a system that was innovative, cutting-edge, and dynamic-one that could be used to generate music, not just preserve it.

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Oxford University Press Inc
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Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780197551912
Format
24 x 16 cm

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«With the invention of the ars nova notational system in the early fourteenth century, composers could explore a vast array of previously unavailable rhythmic possibilities. Zazulia's groundbreaking book gives the first detailed account of how this played out in musical practice for the next two hundred years, coming up with new ideas and observations on virtually every page. A major achievement in the history of early music!»

Anna Maria Busse Berger, Distinguished Professor of Music, University of California – Davis

«A masterful exploration of how late-medieval music notation works and why it matters. Bridging periods too often kept apart and illuminating repertoire both famous and little-known, Zazulia takes us inside a musical world in which writing could carry as much aesthetic weight as sound. Don't miss this terrific book.»

Jesse Rodin, Associate Professor of Music, Stanford University; Director, Cut Circle; Director, Josq

«A fascinating examination of the notation of polyphonic works, showing how seemingly recondite formulas serve musical purposes.»

Alex Ross

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