The Language of the Modes: Studies in the History of Polyphonic Modality

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Routledge, 11 okt. 2013 - 336 pagina's
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The Language of the Modes provides a study of modes in early music through eight essays, each dealing with a different aspects of modality. The volume codifies all known theoretical references to mode, all modally ordered musical sources, and all modally cyclic compositions. For many music students and listeners, the "language of the modes" is a deep mystery, accustomed as we are to centuries of modern harmony. Wiering demystifies the modal world, showing how composers and performers were able to use this structure to create compelling and beautiful works. This book will be an invaluable source to scholars of early music and music theory. in early music through eight essays, each dealing with a different aspects of modality. It codifies all known theoretical references to mode, all modally ordered musical sources, and all modally cyclic compositions. This book will be an invaluable source to scholars of early music.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

An Introduction to the Terminology and Concepts
1
Evidence
21
Tinctorisand the Origin of Polyphonic Modality
49
Two Attitudes Towards Modes
69
The Rise and Fall of Polyphonic Modality
103
J Zarlino and Polyphonic Modality in Italy
159
The Language of the Modes
199
Textual Sources
205
Musical Sources
247
Modal Cycles
265
Bihliography
297
Index
309
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Frans Wiering earned a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Amsterdam in 1995. Wiering is currently on the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Utrecht and is active in projects to digitize music sources, making them available on-line. He lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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