A Performer's Guide to Renaissance Music, Second Edition

A Performer's Guide to Renaissance Music, Second Edition

Edited by Jeffery Kite-Powell
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/02/2007
Format: Hardback 46 b&w illus., 111 music exx.
ISBN: 978-0-253-34866-1
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Revised and expanded since it first appeared in 1991, the guide features two new chapters on ornamentation and rehearsal techniques, as well as updated reference materials, internet resources, and other new material made available only in the last decade.

The guide is comprised of focused chapters on performance practice issues such as vocal and choral music; various types of ensembles; profiles of specific instruments; instrumentation; performance practice issues; theory; dance; regional profiles of Renaissance music; and guidelines for directors. The format addresses the widest possible audience for early music, including amateur and professional performers, musicologists, theorists, and educators.

Author Bio

Jeffery Kite-Powell is Professor and Coordinator of Music History and Musicology at Florida State University, where he teaches courses on musicology and music history, and directs the FSU Early Music Ensemble and the vocal group Cantores Musicæ Antiquæ.


“Revised and expanded since first published in 1991, A Performer's Guide to Renaissance Music includes new chapters on ornamentation and rehearsal techniques, as well as updated reference materials, internet resources, and other new material made available in the last decade.”

“This volume stands as an admirable update to an already-informative how-to manual for performing Renaissance music. . . . The present edition comprises 31 essays by noted scholar-performers, including Bruce Dickey, Paul O'Dette, Anthony Rooley, Alexander Blachly, and Alejandro Planchart. . . . All the essays are thorough yet not too in-depth, concise but not superficial, and all offer solid starting points for further exploration. This volume . . . should be helpful to both performers and directors. . . . Recommended.”
 — Choice

“I highly recommend this book as a practical and necessary reference work for anyone dealing with the scholarly study or performance practice of this musical time period. 2010:2”
 — Fontes Artis Musicae

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Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition
Preface to First Edition
Note on Transliteration
I. Vocal/Choral Issues
1. The Solo Voice Ellen Hargis
2. On Singing and the Vocal Ensemble I Alexander Blachly
3. On Singing and the Vocal Ensemble II Alejandro Planchart
4. Practical Matters of Vocal Performance Anthony Rooley
II. Wind, String, & Percussion Instruments
5. Recorder Herbert Myers
6. Flute Herbert Myers
7. Capped Double Reeds Jeffery Kite-Powell
8. Shawm / Curtal Ross Duffin
9. Racket Jeffery Kite-Powell
10. Bagpipe Adam Knight Gilbert
11. Cornett Douglas Kirk
12. Sackbut Stewart Carter
13. Bowed Strings Wendy Gillespie
14. Violin David Douglass
15. Plucked instruments Paul O'Dette
16. Harp Herbert Myers
17. Percussion Ben Harms
18. Keyboard Instruments Jack Ashworth
III. Practical Considerations/Instrumentation
19. Jack Ashworth and Paul O'Dette Proto-continuo
20. Mixed ensembles James Tyler
21. Large ensembles Jeffery Kite-Powell
22. Rehearsal Tips for Instrumental Ensembles Adam Knight Gilbert
23. Performance editions Frederick Gable
IV. Performance Practice
24. Tuning & Temperament Ross Duffin
25. Pitch & Transposition Herbert Myers
26. Ornamentation and Improvisation Bruce Dickey
27. Pronunciation guides Ross Duffin
V. Aspects of Theory
28. Eight Brief Rules for Composing a Si Placet part Adam Knight Gilbert
29. Sarah Mead Renaissance Theory
VI. Introduction to Renaissance Dance
30. Early Renaissance Dance, 1450-1520 Yvonne Kendall
VII. For the Early Music Director
31. Starting from scratch Jeffery Kite-Powell