Music Theory in Seventeenth-century England

Music Theory in Seventeenth-century England

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'This welcome survey covers a great deal of ground... Clarity of organisation is only the most immediately obvious of the book's strengths. The author scrutinizes all her materials with a critical eye, and charts an astonishing number of disagreements, confusions and self-contradictions.' -Early Music'A full and invaluable account of English theoretical writing over the period... A particularly valuable contribution of the book to English music history is the four full appendices.' -Musical TimesThe fundamental changes that resulted in the development of the Baroque style around the turn of the seventeenth century also had a profound effect on music theory. Music Theory in Seventeenth-Century England explores these changes, concentrating specifically on English writings because of their emphasis on practical application and consequent ready rejection of the obsolete. This allows for a detailed and comprehensive commentary on how treatises reflect musical developments during the period.Although these treatises, like other instrumental instruction manuals, were intended to give practical hints for performance, they had largely different content. Rudimentary knowledge of notation, pitch, and metre was assumed, so that authors could focus on the mechanics of ... both; and even those involved only in publishing music, such as Barley and Playford, may well have been competent musicians.

Title:Music Theory in Seventeenth-century England
Author:Rebecca Herissone
Publisher:Oxford University Press on Demand - 2000


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