French and English Polyphony of the 13th and 14th Centuries: Style and Notation, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

French and English Polyphony of the 13th and 14th Centuries

Style and Notation, 1st Edition

By Ernest H. Sanders


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First published in 1998, this volume brings together the most part of the author’s work on medieval polyphony. The most significant advance in music during the period in the High Gothic was the development of a system of rhythm and of its notation, the modern understanding of which was to a considerable extent obscured by an undue emphasis on the so-called rhythmic modes. The investigation of this topic forms the centre of this book, and a related essay deals with rhythmic Latin poetry. Other pieces survey the accomplishments of Europe’s first great composer and the flourishing of the medieval motet, whose rise he stimulated, while several essays focus on English polyphony, and on what remains of the motets of Philippe de Vitry, a major figure in Parisian intellectual circles of the 14th century.


'Few students of medieval music can fail to have been significantly influenced by the work of Ernest H. Sanders, whose profilic writings on medieval polyphony, spanning three and a half decades, stand as beacons of enlightenment and authority…this collection presents a valuable overview and record of the distinguished work of one of the most original and important musicologists of our time.' Music and Letters, Vol. 81, No. 1

Table of Contents

1. Tonal aspects of 13th-Century English Polyphony. Acta Musicologica 37. Basel, 1965. 2. Cantilena and Discant in 14th-Century English Polyphony. Musica Disciplina 19. Rome, 1965. 3. The Question of Perotin’s Oeuvre and Dates. Festschrift Walter Wiora. Kassel, 1967. 4. The Medieval Motet. Gattungen der Musik in Einzeldarstellungen: Gedenkschrift Leo Schrade. Bern, 1973. 5. The Medieval Hocket in Practice and Theory. The Musical Quarterly 60. New York, 1974. 6. The Early Motets of Philippe de Vitry. Journal of the American Musicological Society 28, no. 1. Richmond, 1975. 7. English Polyphony in the Morgan Library Manuscript. Music & Letters 61. Oxford, 1980. 8. Consonance and Rhythm in the Organum of the 12th and 13th Centuries. Journal of the American Musicological Society 33, no. 2. Richmond, 1980. 9. Sine Littera and Cum Littera in Medieval Polyphony. Music and Civilization: Essays in Honor of Paul Henry Lang, ed. Edmond Strainchamps, Maria R. Maniates, and Christopher Hatch. New York, 1984. 10. Style and Technique in Datable Polyphonic Notre-Dame Conductus. Gordon Athol Anderson (1929-1981): In Memoriam (Musicological Studies 59). Henryville, PA, 1984. 11. Conductus and Modal Rhythm. Journal of the American Musicological Society 38, no. 3. Richmond, 1985. 12. The Earliest Phases of Measured Polyphony. Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past, ed. Christopher Hatch and David W. Bernstein. Chicago, 1993. 13. Rithmus. Essays on Medieval Music in Honor of David G. Hughes, ed. Graeme M. Boone. Cambridge, Mass, 1995.

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