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The Pre-history of ‘The Midsummer Marriage’: Narratives and Speculations

The Pre-history of ‘The Midsummer Marriage’: Narratives and Speculations

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Roger Savage
August 27, 2019

The Pre-History of ‘The Midsummer Marriage’ examines the early collaborative phase (1943 to 1946) in the making of Michael Tippett’s first mature opera and charts the developments that grew out of that phase. Drawing on a fascinating group of Tippett’s sketchbooks and a lengthy sequence of his...

Regina Mingotti: Diva and Impresario at the King's Theatre, London

Regina Mingotti: Diva and Impresario at the King's Theatre, London

1st Edition

Michael Burden
June 10, 2019

Regina Mingotti was the first female impresario to run London's opera house. Born in Naples in 1722, she was the daughter of an Austrian diplomat, and had worked at Dresden under Hasse from 1747. Mingotti left Germany in 1752, and travelled to Madrid to sing at the Spanish court, where the opera...

The Cyclic Mass: Anglo-Continental Exchange in the Fifteenth Century

The Cyclic Mass: Anglo-Continental Exchange in the Fifteenth Century

1st Edition

James Cook
February 14, 2019

England in the fifteenth century was the cradle of much that would have a profound impact on European music for the next several hundred years. Perhaps the greatest such development was the cyclic cantus firmus Mass, and scholarly attention has therefore often been drawn to identifying potentially...

Upper-Voice Structures and Compositional Process in the Ars Nova Motet

Upper-Voice Structures and Compositional Process in the Ars Nova Motet

1st Edition

Anna Zayaruznaya
June 21, 2018

In the motets of Philippe de Vitry, Guillaume de Machaut, and their contemporaries, tenors have often been characterized as the primary shaping forces, prior in conception as well as in construction to the upper voices. Tenors are shaped by the interaction of talea and color, medieval terms now...

The Regulation and Reform of Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century England

The Regulation and Reform of Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century England

1st Edition

Paul Watt
November 29, 2017

Music criticism in England underwent profound change from the 1880s to the 1920s. It gave rise to ‘New criticism’ that aimed to be rational, impartial and intellectually authoritative. It was a break from the criticism of old: the work of the opinionated journalist who wrote descriptive concert...

The Genesis and Development of an English Organ Sonata

The Genesis and Development of an English Organ Sonata

1st Edition

Iain Quinn
February 15, 2017

This volume considers the influences and development of the English organ sonata tradition that began in the 1850s with compositions by W. T. Best and William Spark. With the expansion of the instrument’s capabilities came an opportunity for organist-composers to consider the repertoire anew with...

Towards a Harmonic Grammar of Grieg's Late Piano Music: Nature and Nationalism

Towards a Harmonic Grammar of Grieg's Late Piano Music: Nature and Nationalism

1st Edition

Benedict Taylor
December 15, 2016

The music of Edvard Grieg is justly celebrated for its harmonic richness, a feature especially apparent in the piano works written in the last decades of his life. Grieg was enchanted by what he styled the ’dreamworld’ of harmony, a magical realm whose principles the composer felt remained a...

Magister Jacobus de Ispania, Author of the Speculum musicae

Magister Jacobus de Ispania, Author of the Speculum musicae

1st Edition

Margaret Bent
July 28, 2015

The Speculum musicae of the early fourteenth century, with nearly half a million words, is by a long way the largest medieval treatise on music, and probably the most learned. Only the final two books are about music as commonly understood: the other five invite further work by students of...

The 'Ars musica' Attributed to Magister Lambertus/Aristoteles

The 'Ars musica' Attributed to Magister Lambertus/Aristoteles

1st Edition

Christian Meyer, translated by Karen Desmond
May 15, 2015

The treatise on musica plana and musica mensurabilis written by Lambertus/Aristoteles is our main witness to thirteenth-century musical thought in the decades between the treatises of Johannes de Garlandia and Franco of Cologne. Most treatises on music of this century - except for Franco’s treatise...

Singing Dante: The Literary Origins of Cinquecento Monody

Singing Dante: The Literary Origins of Cinquecento Monody

1st Edition

Elena Abramov-van Rijk
November 04, 2014

This book takes its departure from an experiment presented by Vincenzo Galilei before his colleagues in the Florentine Camerata in about 1580. This event, namely the first demonstration of the stile recitativo, is known from a single later source, a letter written in 1634 by Pietro dei Bardi, son...

Johann Mattheson’s Pièces de clavecin and Das neu-eröffnete Orchestre: Mattheson’s Universal Style in Theory and Practice

Johann Mattheson’s Pièces de clavecin and Das neu-eröffnete Orchestre: Mattheson’s Universal Style in Theory and Practice

1st Edition

Margaret Seares
September 28, 2014

A prolific music theorist and critic as well as an established composer, Johannes Mattheson remains surprisingly understudied. In this important study, Margaret Seares places Mattheson’s Pièces de clavecin (1714) in the context of his work as a public intellectual who encouraged German musicians...

The Politics of Verdi's Cantica

The Politics of Verdi's Cantica

1st Edition

Roberta Montemorra Marvin
July 28, 2014

The Politics of Verdi's Cantica treats a singular case study of the use of music to resist oppression, combat evil, and fight injustice. Cantica, better known as Inno delle nazioni / Hymn of the Nations, commissioned from Italy's foremost composer to represent the newly independent nation at the...

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