This book presents one author's view of the range and depth of recent scholarly study of sacred and liturgical music of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, as represented in a range of nineteen articles published in the last twenty or so years. It reprints, and contextualises, groups of articles on music of the French and Flemish Low Countries, Italy, Germany, England and Spain. Spanning a broad range of scholarly approaches, the anthology aims to inform aspiring scholars in the field, and to stimulate future studies in these and related areas.
Contents: Introduction; Part I The Franco-Flemish Tradition From the 15th to the Early 16th Century: Music for the papal chapel in the early 15th century, Alejandro Enrique Planchart; Petrus de Domarto's Missa Spiritus almus and the early history of the 4-voice mass in the 15th century, Rob C. Wegman; Agricola and the rhizome: an aesthetic of the late cantatusfirmus mass, Fabrice Fitch; Symbol and ritual in Josquin's Missa di Dadi, Michael Long; Ludochus de Picardia and Jossequin Lebloitte dit Desprez: the names of the singer(s), Lora Matthews and Paul Merkley; The invention of the cyclic mass, Andrew Kirkman. Part II 16th-Century Italy: Competence and incompetence in the papal choir in the age of Palestrina, Richard Sherr; Gioseffo Zarlino and the Miserere tradition: a Ferrarese connection?, Katelijne Schiltz; Architectural spaces for music: Jacopo Sansovino and Adrian Willaert at St Mark's, Laura Moretti. Part III The German Tradition: 'So loblich, costlich und herlich, das darvon nit ist ze schreiben': Der Auftritt der Kantorei Maximilians I bei den Exequien fÃ¼r Phillipp den SchÃ¶enen auf dem Reichstag zu Konstanz, Franz KÃ¶rndle; Ludwig Senfl and the Munich choirbooks: the Emperor's or the Duke's?, Birgit Lodes; Politische Zentren als musikalische Peripherie? Probleme einer musikhistorischen Topographie im deutschen Nordwestern des 15 und 16 Jahrhunderts, Laurenz LÃ¼tteken; The Joseph story as told by Orlando di Lasso, Don HarrÃ¡n. Part IV England: 'As it was in the beginning': organ and choir pitch in early Anglican church music, Andrew Johnstone; Pictura et scriptura: the Eton Choirbook in its iconographical context, Magnus Williamson; 'Notes as a garland': the chronology and narrative of Byrd's Gradualia, Kerry McCarthy. Part V Spain: CristÃ³bal de Morales in Toledo, 1545-6: ToleBC 25 and 'new' works by Morales, Guerrero, Lobo, Tejeda and Ambiela, Michael Noone; CristÃ³bal de Morales: a problem of musical mysticism and national identity in the historiography of the Renaissance, Emilio Ros-FÃ¡bregas; Name index.
Andrew Kirkman, Professor, Department of Music, University of Birmingham, UK