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Where Sight Meets Sound

The Poetics of Late-Medieval Music Writing

COMPOSER: Emily Zazulia
PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press
PRODUCT TYPE: Book [Softcover]
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Books on Music
Late-medieval composers delighted in complicating the relationship between their music's written and sung forms, often tasking singers with reading their music in unusual ways-from slowing down a melodic line, to turning it backwards or upside down, even omitting certain notes or rests. These
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Subtitle The Poetics of Late-Medieval Music Writing
Composer Emily Zazulia
Publisher Oxford University Press
Product Type Book [Softcover]
Instrument Group Books on Music
Year of Publication 2021
Genre Reference
ISBN 9780197551912
No. OUP9780197551912
Release Date 10/21/2021
Description
Late-medieval composers delighted in complicating the relationship between their music's written and sung forms, often tasking singers with reading their music in unusual ways-from slowing down a melodic line, to turning it backwards or upside down, even omitting certain notes or rests. These manipulations increasingly yielded music that was aurally all but unrecognizable as a derivative of the notated original. This book uses these unorthodox applications of notation to understand how late-medieval composers thought about the tool of musical notation. It argues that these compositions foreground notation in ways that resonate with discourses about media and technology today.
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