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Ars Nova: French and Italian Music in the Fourteenth Century (Music in Medieval Europe) [Hardcover]

John Louis Nadas , Michael Scott Cuthbert

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1 Dec 2008 Music in Medieval Europe
The French polyphonic tradition of the fourteenth century blossomed earlier than the Italian, perhaps because of its long tradition of polyphony in previous centuries, many sources of which were being copied in the early 1300s. The contemporary view that a 'new art' was being forged was formed by the theorists of the time such as Philippe de Vitry. He, along with Johannes de Muris, and the more conservative Jacques de Liege, popularized the idea of an ars nova, thereby being among the first musical thinkers to establish the music of the present as a clean break from that of the past.Contradictions and gaps in understanding abound in the ars nova of the fourteenth century (a period we usually expand until approximately 1420 when new ideas of song and Mass composition dominate post-Schism Europe), although these are well met by the ingenuity of the approaches and solutions found by scholars. The 27 articles brought together in this volume reflect a broad methodological and chronological span of analysis on the ars nova.

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John L. Nadas is Gerhard L. Weinberg Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Professor Nadas is presently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Musicology. His interests include the music of 14th- and 15th-century France and Italy, Monteverdi, and 19th-century Italian opera. Michael Scott Cuthbert is Assistant Professor of Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

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