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Author Owens, Jessie Ann.

Title Composers at work : the craft of musical composition 1450-1600 / Jessie Ann Owens.

Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  781.3 OWEN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxi, 345 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-333) and indexes.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Teaching Composition -- 3. Reading and Writing Music -- 4. Composing without Writing -- 5. Erasable Tablets -- Appendix. Selected Documents Concerning Erasable Tablets (Cartelle) -- 6. Autograph Composing Manuscripts -- 7. Sketches, Drafts, Fair Copies -- 8. Francesco Corteccia -- 9. Cipriano de Rore -- 10. Henricus Isaac -- Appendix. Isaac, Sanctissimae virginis votiva festa -- 11. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina -- Appendix. Excerpts from the Correspondence between Palestrina, the Duke of Mantua, and Annibale Capello.
Summary How did Renaissance composers write their music? In this revolutionary look at a subject that has fascinated scholars for years, musicologist Jessie Ann Owens offers new and striking evidence that contrary to accepted theory, sixteenth-century composers did not use scores to compose - even to write complex vocal polyphony. Her research demonstrates that instead of working in full score, Renaissance composers fashioned the music in parts, often working with brief segments, according to a linear conception. The importance of this discovery on editorial interpretation and on performance cannot be overstated. This book will change the way we analyze and understand early music. Clear, provocative, and painstakingly researched, Composers at Work: The Craft of Musical Composition 1450-1600 makes essential reading for scholars of Renaissance music as well as those working in related fields such as sketch studies and music theory.
Subject Composition (Music) -- History.
Music -- 15th century -- History and criticism.
Music -- 16th century -- History and criticism.
ISBN 0195095774