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Early English Composers and the Credo
Emphasis as Interpretation in Sixteenth-Century Music



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ISBN 9781032047584
March 24, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
312 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This book develops an innovative approach for understanding the relationship between music and words in the works of five major composers of the English Renaissance: John Taverner, Christopher Tye, John Sheppard, Thomas Tallis, and William Byrd. Focusing on these composers’ settings of the Latin Credo, the author shows how musical and linguistic emphasis can be used to understand the composers’ theological interpretations of the text. By combining markedness theory with style analysis, this study demonstrates that the composers used their musical skills not only to create beautiful music, but to raise certain elements of the text to the foreground of perception and relegate others to supporting roles, inviting listeners to experience the familiar words of the liturgy in unique ways.

Providing new insights into the changing musical and religious world of the sixteenth century, this book is relevant to anyone researching music or religion in early modern England, while offering a flexible and widely adaptable tool for the analysis of musical-textual relationships.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Musical-Linguistic Perspectives on Sixteenth-Century Credos

Basic Concepts

Linguistic Theory and Music

Style Analysis as a Framework

Chapter Two: Musical-Linguistic Emphasis as Interpretation

A Theory of Emphasis as Interpretation

Chapter Three: John Taverner’s Credos

Background Context

Foreground Content

Musical-Textual Concrescence

Chapter Four: Christopher Tye’s Credos

Background Context

Foreground Content

Musical-Textual Concrescence

Chapter Five: Thomas Tallis’s Credos

Background Context

Foreground Content

Musical-Textual Concrescence

Chapter Six: John Sheppard’s Credos

Background Context

Foreground Content

Musical-Textual Concrescence

Chapter Seven: William Byrd’s Credos

Background Context

Foreground Content

Musical-Textual Concrescence

Chapter Eight: Conclusion

Approach

Application

Assessment

Appendix: Credo Text

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Biography

Wendy J. Porter, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Music and Worship at McMaster Divinity College, a seminary and graduate school in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She teaches in ministry studies, including wide-ranging eras of music and worship, and has published in areas ranging from early Christianity to contemporary worship. She is also co-author of New Testament Greek Papyri and Parchments: New Editions (de Gruyter).