Where sight meets sound : the poetics of late-medieval music writing /

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Oxford University Press,, New York, NY, United States, p.1 online resource (xxix, 308 pages) : (2021)

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(OCoLC)fst01030779, 15e siècle., 15th century., fast, History, Musical notation, Musical notation., Musique, Notation, To 1500.


Includes bibliographical references and index.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 foregro.Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCOhost platform, viewed February 28, 2022).Introduction: Metaphors of music writing -- Shrinking songs : condensing motet tenors -- Before there was rhythm -- The danger of false exceptionalism -- Signs and metasigns -- The same, but different -- Small songs made big -- The aesthetics of transformation -- Conclusion -- Appendix I : Solomon builds the Temple -- Appendix 2 : Notational fixity and visual citation in polyphonic Masses.