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Bibliography and reviews for period music.


NOTE: See also the files: music-msg, p-songs-msg, instruments-msg, bardic-msg, SI-songbook1-art, singing-msg, song-sources-msg, songs-msg.





This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.


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    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

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From: abgst5+ at pitt.edu (Andrea B Gansley-ortiz)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Music Bibliography :small

Date: 6 Dec 1994 16:44:29 GMT

Organization: University of Pittsburgh


Good gentles, below is a very small music bibliography which can be

useful for the beginning SCA musician as well as those who have been here

for a while.  When I get more time, I intend to post some composers and

some individual songs.  If people find this useful and want to see more,

please let me know.


Su segura servidora,





An Anthology of English Medieval and Renaissance Vocal Music: part songs

for one to six voices.  ed. Noah Greenberg  New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Inc., 1961.  ISBN 0 393 00461 9


     This book has a list of suggested reading which focuses on English

     Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Each piece is dated along

     with some information about the style it is written in.  If a piece is

     not in English, a translation is provided.  It has both a title index

     and a vocal part index.


Anthology of Medieval Music. ed. Richard H. Hoppin, New York: W. W.

Norton & Co. Inc., 1978.  ISBN 0 393 09080 9


     This contains mainly vocal music with more than half of it being

     dedicated to sacred vocal music.  There is a list of the different

     manuscripts that the music is taken from. At the beginning page of each

     piece is a small reference to where the piece was obtained.  All the

     music is in one, two or three parts with the majority being one part



Medieval and Renaissance Music: A Performer's Guide. Timothy James

McGee, Toronto:  U. of Toronto Press, 1985.  ISBN 0-8020-6729-8


     Focuses on interpretation of music as well as performance.  Covers

     music from 400-1400 and the 15th and 16th centuries. It's divided into

     four major parts: Materials, Repertory, Techniques, and Practical

     Considerations.  The useful thing about this book is that you don't need

     to read all of it to get useful, applicable information from it.  It

     contains musical examples and an extensive bibliography.  It also has a

     list of musical collections divided by both century and country.


Performing Medieval and Renaissance Music:  An Introductory Guide.  

Elizabeth V. Phillips & John-Paul Christopher Jackson, New York:  

Schirmer Books, 1986.  ISBN 0 02 871790 2


     Covers practical construction of an early music ensemble for the

     professional or the serious amateur.  It covers such practical

     concerns as maintenance of instruments as well as suggestions on how to

     select repertoire.  It gives some general guidelines on performance

     and 35 suggested pieces for performance.  It also has appendices on

     instruments, their ranges, journals about early music and pronunciation

     guides.  The bibliography is 10 pgs long.


Baroque Music: Style and Performance, A Handbook.  Robert Donington, New

York:  W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., 1982.  ISBN 0 393 30052 8


     There is much information on the late Renaissance in this text as

when the renaissance of music ends and the Baroque begins is a fuzzy

line.  It can also help a performer with differentiating musical style

between these two times.  It has a suggested list of reading, extensive

bibliography and numerous musical examples.



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Andrea B. Gansley-Ortiz                          University of Pittsburgh

abgst5+ at pitt.edu                       Dept. of Music

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From: bradford at alpha1.csd.uwm.edu (Bradford David Matthews)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Music Bibliography :small

Date: 6 Dec 1994 20:50:32 GMT

Organization: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


I'd like to suggest "The Medieval Songbook" (numbers etc.. not available

right now.)  Unfortunately, it's out of print, but you might be able to find

it in some libraries.  It contains 100+ troubadour & trouvere songs, with

music (and chord notation) and lyrics, both in the original and english

translations (the translations are strict, not metered or rhyming)


Erik of Grenloch, who wants to be a bard when he grows up



From: mjc+ at cs.cmu.edu (Monica Cellio)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Music Bibliography :small

Date: 7 Dec 94 03:31:51 GMT

Organization: Carnegie-Mellon University, School of Computer Science


Oxford University Press publishes a nice collection of vocal and

instrumental pieces (for varying numbers) entitled simply "Medieval Music".

It starts with monophonic chant and goes through to about the end of the

14th century (maybe a little 15th C; the book isn't handy).  It's a large

paperback that you can probably get relatively inexpensively.


Oxford also publishes books of madrigals and carols, but these are oriented

toward groups.





From: asamplas at indiana.edu (Vlad the Purple)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Music Bibliography :small

Date: Wed, 7 Dec 1994 15:55:22

Organization: Indiana University


Erik of Grenloch objects to my blasting of "A Medieval Songbook" sight

unseen because he had said it contains "chord notation".


Well, I bopped downstairs to the music library and found a copy. The full

citation for the interested: _A Medieval Songbook: Troubadour & Trouvere_,

ed. Fletcher Collins, Jr., Robert F. Cook, and Roger Harmon, Charlottesville,

Univ. VA Press, 1982. Contains 50 T/T songs in Provencal/Old French + English

xlations; music in modern rhythmic notation with one or two drone lines +

lute tabulature, followed by melody line with letters for chords. Manuscript

citation for where the music/text was taken from appear with the pieces.

Vidas of the composers given in back where available.


I was surprised to find it done by scholars, who seem to know what they're

talking about. The intro does breeze thru the issues; it doesn't contain

enough to please a scholar, and people for whom things like "B.N.fr.844",

"third rhythmic mode" and "Aubry and Beck" are so much gibberish will ignore

it, but it does show that they had done their homework in compiling it.


I have some _REAL_ problems with the rhythms they put down in some of the

songs - I think the rhythmic solutions they impose in order to come up with

a practical performing edition are way out of line in some cases; but I'm

pretty conservative in how I'd approach this type of music. Similarly, I

have some fairly strong disagreements with some of the chordings they tack

on. If you want me to get down to the nitty-gritty, let's take this private;

we're talking real under-the-hood techie-speak here.


I think the bottom line is, it's nowhere near as bad as I thought seeing

Erik's post, but it's not something I'd give to a person just starting out

with T/T music - anyone brought up in the modern tradition of blindly

accepting what they read in a book, and who didn't have a fair bit of

experience with this repertoire b4hand, would get ideas about T/T music that

would get them in mucho trouble with some, tho not all, Early Music types.


So I don't think I owe any money on this, but I'll be happy to give Erik a

beer or other beverage of his choice next Pennsic.




Artie Samplaski               Vlad the Purple

Indiana U. School of Music    Myrkfaelinn Midrealm Accounts Rep.

asamplas at indiana.edu


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