A Performer's Guide to Medieval Music

A Performer's Guide to Medieval Music

Edited by Ross W. Duffin
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/29/2002
Format: Paperback 8 b&w illus., 24 b&w plates, musical examples
ISBN: 978-0-253-21533-8
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This is an excellent reference volume including essays on all aspects of medieval music performance. With forty essays written by experts in the field on everything from repertoire, voices and instruments to basic theory, all aspects of recreation are treated. This guide has already proven indispensable to performers and scholars of medieval music. Chapters on 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 are all treated. It is a comprehensive and authoritative reference by leading performers in the field for a variety of enthusiasts.

Author Bio

Ross W. Duffin is Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University. An international lecturer, he is widely known as the lively, informative host of National Public Radio’s "Micrologus: Exploring the World of Early Music."


“Concise essays by 29 performers and musicologists give solid guidance on various vocal repertories, instruments, and performance-practice issues. Contributors include Alejandro Planchart, Benjamin Bagby, and Herbert W. Myers.”

“I would recommend this book to all who have an interest in medieval music, thought and culture.May 2004”
 — Early Music

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Repertoire

3.Motet & Cantilena
4. Polyphonic Mass Ordinary

II.Non-Liturgical Monophony
10. Sephardic
11. Italian
12. German
13. English

III.Lyric Forms post 1300
14. French Ars Nova
15. Italian Ars Nova
16. Ars Subtilior
17. Early Du Fay

18. Litugical
19. Vernacular

Part 2: Voices & Instruments

V.The Voice in the Middle Ages
20. Poetics as Technique

VI.Bowed Strings
21a.Vielle before 1300
21b.Vielle after 1300
22. Rebec
23. Symphonia

VII.Plucked Strings
24b.Imagining the Early Medieval Harp
24c.Playing the Late Medieval Harp
25. Lute, Gittern, & Citole

26. Flutes
27. Reeds & Brass
28. Bagpipe

IX.Keyboard & Related Types
29. Organ
30. String Keyboards
31. Psaltery & Dulcimer

32. Percussion

XI.Instrumental Usage
33. Untexted Repertoire
34. Improvisation & Accompaniment before 1300
35. Ornamentation & Improvisation after 1300

Part 3: Theory & Practice

XII.Essential Theory for Performers
36. The Gamut, Solmization & Modes
37. Musica ficta
38. Proportion
39. Notation & Editions
40. Tuning

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