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Borderline Areas in Fourteenth and Fifteenth-century Music / Grenzbereiche in der Musik des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts.

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MSD 55  Borderline Areas in Fourteenth and Fifteenth-century Music / Grenzbereiche in der Musik des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts.

Edited by Karl Kügle and Lorenz Welker

        1st. ed.     2009
    36 cm     xii + 253 pp.
MSD 55     978-1-59551-497-4     $70.00

This volume unites eleven essays in four languages, selected among papers first presented at the International Symposia in Late Medieval and Renaissance Music held at Kloster Neustift / Novacella, South Tyrol, in 1997 and 2000. Their common thread is the exploration of borders and borderline areas in music of the fourteenth and early fifteenth century. The authors, all acknowledged scholars in their field, hail from countries and scholarly traditions as diverse as Israel, Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, Great Britain and the United States.

Christian Berger explores the differentiation between French and Italian styles in early fifteenth-century music, while Alice V. Clark probes the musical patronage of a ‘black sheep’ in the house of Valois, Duke Louis I of Anjou (1339–84). Francesco Facchin casts light on music-related images from late medieval Padua. Maricarmen Gómez examines a little-studied cantorale from Palma de Mallorca. Irmgard Lerch-Kalavrytinos introduces a recently discovered fragment with Ars Nova motets. Lucia Marchi’s contribution traces intersections between music, devotion, and civic life in early Quattrocento Umbria. Jehoash Hirshberg and Andrew Kirk-man investigate transitional zones between oral composition and writing in settings from the Rossi codex (Hirshberg), and form and content in the music of Binchois (Kirkman). The semantic nodes between texts, musical settings and meanings are the subject of Virginia Newes’s study on mimesis and imitation, whilst Elizabeth Eva Leach maps out intertextualities between three polyphonic songs that (re-)interpret the Roman de la Rose. Anne-Marie Treacy examines the emotional use of song in Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess against the models provided by the dits of Guillaume de Machaut.



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