Music in Late Medieval Bruges

Music in Late Medieval Bruges

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The musical achievements of the so-called 'Franco-Flemish School' have attracted many writers, yet Bruges itself has still to be put back on the map of European music history. This book describes how the people of Bruges shaped their acoustic environment and gave musical expression to their spiritual needs. It is based on a scrutiny of musical sources, stylistic trends in music, composers' achievements, and the function of musical genres; all these are seen against a reconstruction, from archival sources, of the socio-economic context of the art of music - an art which, in all its various manifestations, 'high' and 'low', sacred and secular, courtly and civic, polyphonic and monophonic, mirrors later medieval urban culture as a whole.
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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 22mm | 458.14g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • frontispiece, 8 pp plates, line drawings, music examples
  • 0193164183
  • 9780193164185

Table of contents

Townscape - soundscape; the Collegiate Church of St Donation; other churches; convents and confraternities; the city and the court; the musical repertory. Appendices: musicians employed in churches of Bruges until 1510, catalogue of the Lucca choirbook.
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`Exceptionally rich in facts, ideas and hypotheses, enough of them to occupy scholars for years to come.' Times Literary Supplement `Brilliant and at times provocatively written ... a remarkable achievement; a major contribution to our understanding of fifteenth-century music.' Early Music
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