German Instrumental Music of the Late Middle Ages: Players, Patrons and Performance Practice

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Cambridge University Press, 2004 - Music - 272 pages
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This book describes instrumental music and its context in German society of the late middle ages - from about 1350 to 1520. Players at that time improvised, much like jazz musicians of our day, but because they did not use notated music, only scant remnants of their activity have survived in written sources, and much has been left obscure. This book attempts to reconstruct an image of their music, discussing the instruments, ensembles, and performance practices of the time. What emerges from this study is a fundamental reappraisal of late medieval culture. A musical life is reconstructed which was not only extraordinary in its own time, but which also laid the foundations of an artistic culture that later produced such giants as Schütz, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.
 

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Contents

Germany and instrumental music in the late middle ages
1
the instruments and ensembles
13
Tables
42
Instruments available for ensemble use classified by range in a contrapuntal texture page
43
Threepart ensembles
44
the instruments and ensembles
45
music in German courts
87
The princes of the Empire c 1400
94
Civic ensembles in German cities 13501520
109
The organ and civic patronage
114
Selected sample of fifty cities
130
The sources and the written repertory of instrumental
132
Instrumental music in the written repertory
143
The written repertory and instrumental practices of ensemble
151
models
163
the first steps simple
169

court instrumentalists c 1400
97
Profiles c 1450
100
The princes of the Empire c 1500
101
Profiles c 1500
102
Instrumental music patronized by bishops
105
music in German cities
108
parallel techniques
176
Florid counterpoint
190
NoUs
214
Bibliography
252
Index
267
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About the author (2004)

Keith Polk is a Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire, and has also taught at Brandeis University, the New England Conservatory, and Regents College, London. He is one of the foremost authorities on Renaissance instrumental music, and has produced numerous articles and several books on the subject, including German Instrumental Music of the Late Middle Ages (Cambridge, 1992). He is also a professional player of the French horn, having performed with the San Diego Symphony, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Boston Baroque, and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. His Festschrift, Instruments, Ensembles, and Repertory, 1300 1600, edited by Timothy McGee and Stewart Carter, was published in 2013.

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