Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
xxiii, 339 p. : ill., music ; 26 cm.
Hearing with the eyes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-333) and index.
List of illustrations-- Foreward Ian Bent-- Preface-- Part I. Beginnings: 1. Prologue: Exempli gratia ...-- 2. Music theory incunabula: printed books, printed music-- Part II. 1520-1540: Pietro Aron and Seybald Heyden: 3. Pietro Aron and Petrucci's prints-- 4. Music anthologies, theory treatises, and the Reformation: Nuremberg in the 1530s and 1540s-- Part III. The Polyphony of Heinrich Glarean's Dodecachordon (1547): 5. Exempla, commonplace books, and writing theory-- 6. The polyphony of the Dodecachordon-- Part IV. Gioseffo Zarlino's Le Istitutioni Harmoniche (1558): 7. Composition and theory mediated by print culture-- 8. 'On the modes': the citations of Le Istitutioni Harmoniche part IV-- Part V. Readings Past and Present: 9. Exempli gratia: a reception history of Magnus es tu Domine/Tu pauperum refugium-- 10. Epilogue: reading theorists reading (music)-- Bibliography-- Index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
This innovative study offers a new perspective on a central group of music theory treatises that have long formed the background to the study of Renaissance music. Taking theorists' music examples as a point of departure, it explores fundamental questions about how music was read, and by whom, situating the reading in specific cultural contexts. Numerous broader issues are addressed in the process: the relationship of theory and praxis; access to, and use of, printed musical sources; stated and unstated agendas of theorists; orality and literacy as it was represented via music print culture; the evaluation of anonymous repertories; and the analysis of repertories delineated by boundaries other than the usual ones of composer and genre. In particular this study illuminates the ways in which Renaissance theorists' choices have shaped later interpretation of earlier practice, and reflexively the ways in which modern theory has been mapped on to that practice. (source: Nielsen Book Data)