French motets in the thirteenth century: music, poetry and genre

Everist, Mark (1994) French motets in the thirteenth century: music, poetry and genre, Cambridge, GB, Cambridge University Press, 216pp. (Cambridge Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music).


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This is the first full-length study of the vernacular motet in thirteenth-century France. The motet was the most prestigious type of music of that period, filling a gap between the music of the so-called Notre-Dame School and the Ars Nova of the early fourteenth century. This book takes the music and the poetry of the motet as its starting-point and attempts to come to grips with the ways in which musicians and poets treated pre-existing material, creating new artefacts. The book reviews the processes of texting and retexting, and the procedures for imparting structure to the works; it considers the way we conceive genre in the thirteenth-century motet, and supplements these with principles derived from twentieth-century genre theory. The motet is viewed as the interaction of literary and musical modes whose relationships give meaning to individual musical compositions.


Part I. Origins: 1. Introduction; 2. The origins and early history of the motet; 3. The French motet; Part II. Genre: 4. The motet enté; 5. Rondeau-Motet; 6. Refrain cento; 7. Devotional forms; 8. The motet and genre; Bibliography; Index.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 0521395399 (hardback)
9780521395397 (hardback)
0521612047 (paperback)
9780521612043 (paperback)
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Keywords: french, motet, thirteenth century, everist, music, poetry, genre, medieval, renaissance
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Music
ePrint ID: 67467
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Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 14:00

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