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City, chant, and the topography of early music.


City, chant, and the topography of early music.

Ed. by Michael Scott Cuthbert, Sean Gallagher, and Christoph Wolff.

Harvard University Press


355 pages



Isham library papers; 8) (Harvard publications in music; 23


In this volume published in honor of scholar Thomas Forrest Kelly, Cuthbert (music, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) , Gallagher, and Wolff assemble 13 essays by medieval music scholars from the US and Europe, who analyze the ways space, urban life, landscape, and time shaped chant and other musical forms. Topics include the notation of polyphonic music in medieval Paris; the premieres of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and Stefano Landi's Sant' Alessio (in homage of Kelly's book on premieres); the musical traditions and influence of Benevento, Italy, including sets of chants for St. Peter, the Genealogy of Christ according to St. Luke, Beneventan music that has been altered by contact with the Frankish-Roman repertory, and the Roman Easter Vigil Canticles; the persistence of chant and medieval music in seventeenth-century Iceland and eighteenth-century Toledo; the origins of forms and ideas, such as ways of singing hexameter in tenth-century Europe and Alcuin's de laude Dei and other early medieval sources of office chants; and French music in the Middle Ages, including the location of music theory treatises in Paris from 900-1450. Essays were first presented at a conference of the same name held in October 2009 at Harvard U., and one is presented in French.

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