Praecepta Musicae Poëticae

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University of Illinois Press, 2007 - History - 228 pages
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Now available for the first time in English translation, this new edition of Gallus Dressler's Praecepta musicae poeticae corrects and expands upon earlier editions of one of the most important sixteenth-century treatments of musical theory and rhetoric. Robert Forgács’ detailed study of the Latin text reveals significant and original insights into the invention of fugues and the composition of opening, middle, and concluding sections. Forgács introduces the reader to Dressler's life and work and the design and sources of Praecepta musicae poeticae, places the treatise more fully in its humanist environment, presents additional classical sources for the text, and relates it to the work of Dressler’s contemporary music theorists. Copious annotations and indexes of words, names, and subjects place the treatise within the broader context of German theoretical discussion, the teaching and practice of music in the sixteenth century, and the musical life of the Lutheran Church.

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Contents

Conspectus Codlcls Edltionum et Notarum
60
Prasfatiuncula
70
De sonis seu de vocibus et consonantijs
84
De dissonantijs
96
De prohibitis intervallis
120
De connextione consonantiarum
128
De constitutione et divisione clausularum
136
De usu clausularum
152
De pausis
162
Works Clted
195
Index nomlnum et rerum
223
Copyright

About the author (2007)

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Robert Forgács is a lecturer at the University of Sydney, Centre for Continuing Education. His professional experience includes work as a translator of German and Latin musicological documents for both the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales.

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