A cornucopia of chansons
Early Music, 35, (2), . (doi:10.1093/em/cam017).
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Central to the Renaissance understanding of rhetoric was the notion of copia, the varied and abundant richness of language employed to express an idea. Aspirations to copia, as represented by the emblem of the cornucopia and influentially presented in Erasmus's De duplici copia verborum et rerum commentarii duo (1512), shaped musical values as well as literary ideals. One manifestation of its appeal is a marked fondness for anthologies assembling in a single volume a range of musical styles and genres, or music by many different composers. Two of the five editions under review are particularly apt illustrations of the early modern concept of copia; as a group, these five editions give an excellent idea of the abundant variety of secular music with French words in the 16th century
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