Consort Suites and Dance Music by Town Musicians in German-Speaking Europe, 1648–1700 PBD: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Consort Suites and Dance Music by Town Musicians in German-Speaking Europe, 1648–1700 PBD

1st Edition

By Michael Robertson

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236 pages

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Description

This companion volume to The Courtly Consort Suite in German-Speaking Europe surveys an area of music neglected by modern scholars: the consort suites and dance music by musicians working in the seventeenth-century German towns. Conditions of work in the German towns are examined in detail, as are the problems posed by the many untrained travelling players who were often little more than beggars. The central part of the book explores the organisation, content and assembly of town suites into carefully ordered printed collections, which refutes the concept of the so-called 'classical' suite. The differences between court and town suites are dealt with alongside the often-ignored variation suite from the later decades of the seventeenth century and the separate suite-writing traditions of Leipzig and Hamburg. While the seventeenth-century keyboard suite has received a good deal of attention from modern scholars, its often symbiotic relationship with the consort suite has been ignored. This book aims to redress the balance and to deal with one very important but often ignored aspect of seventeenth-century notation: the use of blackened notes, which are rarely notated in a meaningful way in modern editions, with important implications for performance.

Reviews

"Michael Robertson marshals the information with admirable clarity, drawing attention to neglected treasures, and showing that there is always something to learn, even from incomplete sources." - Richard Carter, Viola Da Gamba Society Journal

"This study is based on meticulous research… and breaks new ground. […] The volume is copiously illustrated with musical examples. For specialists and music library collections, this study will be a valuable reference tool." - Robert Manning, The Consort Early Music Journal, vol.73, Summer 2017

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of tables

List of examples

Abbreviations

Acknowledgements and preface

1 The towns: governance, patronage and status

2 Dances and collections

3 The aftermath of war

4 Concepts of careful organisation

5 A time of decline

6 Leipzig

7 Hamburg

8 Keyboard suites by town composers

9 Note blackening and mensural notation

Appendix

Bibliography

About the Author

Michael Robertson completed his PhD in 2004. In addition to working as a teacher, harpsichordist and organist, he writes about seventeenth-century music and has a fruitful music-editing partnership with a leading German publisher of early music. He is a visiting research fellow at the University of Leeds.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUS000000
MUSIC / General
MUS020000
MUSIC / History & Criticism
PER003000
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General