Medieval instrumental dances

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Indiana University Press, 1989 - Music - 177 pages

In Europe the tradition of secular dance has continued unbroken until the present. In the late Middle Ages it was an important and frequent event—for the nobility a gracious way to entertain guests, for the peasantry a welcome relaxation from the toils of the day. Now back in print, this collection presents compositions that are known or suspected to be instrumental dances from before ca. 1420. The forty-seven pieces vary in length and style and come from French, Italian, English, and Czech sources. Timothy McGee relates medieval dances to the descriptions found in literary, theoretical, and archival sources and to the depictions in the iconography of the Middle Ages. In a section on instrumental performance practices, he provides information about ornamenting the dances and improvising in a historically appropriate style. This comprehensive edition brings together in one volume a repertory that has been scattered over many years and countries.

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Contents

DANCE IN THE MIDDLE AGES
3
Chominciamento di Gioia
15
Isabella
16
Tre Fontane
17
Belicha
18
DANCING
19
2O In
35
Editorial Practices
49
Lamento di TristanoLa Rotta 27 La ManfredinaLa Rotta della Manfredina 28 Trotto
118
Florence Archivio di Stato Antecosimiano No 17879
119
Montpellier Bibliothèque de la Faculté de Médecine MSH 196
121
Chose Tassin 2
122
Chose Tassin 3
123
London British Library Additional 29 987
124
Chançona Tedescha 2
125
Bel Fiore Dança
160

Principio di Virtu
102
Salterello
107
Salterello
110
Salterello
112
Salterello
113
Oxford Bodleian Library Douce 139
163
London British Library Harley 978
170
l London British Library Additional 2855o Robertsbridge Codex 42 130
171
Facsimiles and Transcriptions
175

About the author (1989)

Timothy J. McGee is Honourary Professor at Trent University and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. His many books include Medieval and Renaissance Music: A Performer's Guide; Singing Early Music: The Pronunciation of European Languages in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance (IUP, 1996); and The Ceremonial Musicians of Late Medieval Florence (IUP, 2009).

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