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The cultural context of medieval music

Author: Nancy Van Deusen
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Music was crucial to the learning process itself in the Middle Ages-and beyond. One learned basic concepts by doing them, and learned them well because music was "delicious" to the taste-a medieval insight that should be reclaimed.
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Van Deusen
ISBN: 9780275994129 0275994120
OCLC Number: 743214171
Description: xiv, 202 p. : ill., music ; 25 cm.
Contents: Preface: music, devotion, emotion, and intellection --
Introduction: principles, vocabulary, concepts --
Music in a culture of the mind: a medieval view of resources, material, and composition --
What did this medieval "forest" contain? Preexistent substance, unlimited possibilities --
Music within the context of medieval education --
Silva: inner and outer substance, music, and material culture --
"They all read the same books": a book-bag from antiquity --
Musica disciplina: analogies and explanations --
Music at the forefront of science: the usefulness of medieval music --
Editions: music to sing.
Responsibility: Nancy van Deusen.

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An urgently needed guide to understanding medieval music to be used as a text for the university undergraduate, graduate students in music and interdisciplinary medieval studies, and for the  Read more...

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