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French thirteenth-century polyphony in the British Library: a facsimile edition of the manuscripts Additional 30091 and Egerton 2615 (ff.79-94v)

Everist, Mark (ed.) (1988) French thirteenth-century polyphony in the British Library: a facsimile edition of the manuscripts Additional 30091 and Egerton 2615 (ff.79-94v), London, UK, Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society, 71pp.

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Published date: 1988
Additional Information: Review in Early Music (1989):The Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society is far too modest I wish that the blank pages at the end of this volume had been used to provide a list of publications of this distinguished organisation, which celebrated its hundredth anniversary in 1988 They are not many, perhaps, but many are unique and remarkable, testifying to the erudition and enthusiasm of members and the response of an appreciative public Only two years after its foundation, the Society issued (in a limited edition) its first synthesis of text and facsimile the Musical Notation of the Middle Ages, and in 1894 the splendidly produced Graduate sansbunense edited by W H Frere Many comparable volumes followed, as well as pioneering editions of early English Polyphony This fine tradition continues with a much-needed facsimile of two important sources of French 13th-century polyphony in the British Library Additional 30091 and Egerton 2615 The extremely detailed and helpful commentaries are the work of Dr Mark Everist, whose doctoral dissertation (Oxford 1985) also deals with early French polyphony The facsimiles are of exceptional clarity and elegance, as is the typesetting of Adrian Bassett and Catherine Harbor, the present secretary of the PMMS Although strictly speaking one cannot review a facsimile, I should like to say that connoisseurs and performers of medieval music would do well to acquire so essential a study of basic repertoire, for they will learn much from the clear exposition of notation, palaeography, provenance and concordances which the editor has provided.
Keywords: french, polyphony, british, library, thirteenth, century, plainsong, mediaeval, everist


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