Composers at Work

Composers at Work : The Craft of Musical Composition 1450-1600

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Composers at Work discusses a problem that has fascinated scholars for a long time: how did Renaissance composers write their complex vocal polyphony? Twentieth-century scholars are so accustomed to scoring music, carefully lining up the vertical simultaneities, and carefully aligning the bar lines in order to study and perform music, that the idea that a composer could create elaborate polyphony, even in eight parts, without the aid of a score, seems incomprehensible. How then did sixteenth-century composers write their music, and what evidence exists to document this compositional process? Using sketches and other documentary evidence, long a matter of intense study in later centuries, Professor Owens' study is the first full-length investigation of the topic in Renaissance music. It sets out the indispensable background to an inquiry and into the fundamental processes of Renaissance more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 24mm | 557.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • numerous halftones, music examples, tables
  • 0195129040
  • 9780195129045
  • 810,436

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the most comprehensive and enlightening study of Renaissance musical compostion yet written ... This excellent book is important not only for its general theory but for its illumination of the everyday * Anthony Pryer, TLS 29/10/99 *show more

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