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Author Alden, Jane

Title Songs, scribes, and society : the history and reception of the Loire Valley chansonniers / Jane Alden
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xxi, 283 pages) : illustrations, music
Series The new cultural history of music
New cultural history of music.
Contents Discovering chansonniers -- The material objects -- Chronology and dating revisited -- The makers of the Loire Valley -- Owners, readers, and bookish culture
Summary "A new kind of songbook emerged in the later fifteenth century: personalized, portable, and lavishly decorated. Five closely related chansonniers, copied in the Loire Valley region of central France, are the earliest surviving examples of this rare commodity. The Loire Valley Chansonniers preserve the music of such renowned composers as Guillaume Du Fay, Johannes Ockeghem, and Antoine Busnoys. But their importance as musical sources has over-shadowed the significance of these manuscripts as artifacts in their own right. Songs, Scribes, and Society focuses primarily on the chansonniers as physical objects, investigating the means by which they were produced and the broader culture in which they circulated. Jane Alden performs a codicological autopsy upon the manuscripts and reveals the hitherto unrecognized role of scribes in shaping the transmission and reception of the chanson repertory. Alden also challenges the long-held belief that the Loire Valley Chansonniers were intended for royal or noble patrons. Instead, she argues that a rising class of bureaucrats--notaries, secretaries, and other court officials--commissioned these exquisite objects. Active as writers and participants in poetry competitions, these individuals may even have written some of the chansons' texts. This book comes with an extensive companion Web site that includes color reproductions of the chansonniers themselves, bringing their unique integration of image, text, and music to a new generation of readers."--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-277) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Music -- Manuscripts -- France -- Loire River Valley -- History
Music -- France -- Loire River Valley -- 15th century -- History and criticism
Songbooks, French -- History and criticism
Music -- 15th century -- Manuscripts -- History
Music -- 15th century -- History and criticism
Music -- France -- 15th century -- History and criticism
Polyphonic chansons -- 15th century -- History and criticism
MUSIC -- Instruction & Study -- Voice.
MUSIC -- Lyrics.
MUSIC -- Printed Music -- Vocal.
Music -- Manuscripts
Polyphonic chansons
Songbooks, French
France -- Loire River Valley
Loire (Fluss)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780199700738
Other Titles History and reception of the Loire Valley chansonniers