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Angel Song : Medieval English music in history (Hardcover) (Lisa Colton)
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Although medieval English music has been relatively neglected in comparison with the repertoire from France and Italy, there are few musicians who have not heard of the achievements of composer John Dunstaple, or who have not listened to the thirteenth-century song ’Sumer is icumen in’. Similarly, the effects of the contenance angloise on continental composers such as Guillaume Dufay have been described in the standard narratives of music history. Yet, although many sources of early English music have been discovered over the past century, they remain largely unknown to a broader audience, and have made little impact on the how the history of English music is told. Angel Song: Medieval English Music in History re-examines well-known and lesser-known pieces, exploring their earliest manuscript sources and tracing their reception in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Colton reappraises the role of historians in crafting the history of English music between 1200 and 1450, examining their agenda, and suggesting new ways to understand the repertoire and its cultural context.
Number of Pages: 192
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Lisa Colton
Street Date: December 21, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-1984
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