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The End of Early MusicA Period Performer's History of Music for the Twenty-First Century$
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Bruce Haynes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189872

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189872.001.0001

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Ways of Copying the Past

Ways of Copying the Past

(p.138) 8 Ways of Copying the Past
The End of Early Music

Bruce Haynes

Oxford University Press

The Renaissance principle of imitation was two separate concepts. One was the imitation of Nature (Mimesis), the other involved imitating earlier works. The second type is generally known nowadays as “the imitation of art.” When a Renaissance artist or writer copied an already-existing work, they might do it in different ways. The most common were: translatio, absolute copying or replication; imitatio, or eclectic borrowing; and emulatio or emulation, copying with improvement or enhancement. This chapter discusses emulation and replication, imitation in the canonic system, style-copying and work-copying, the shelf life of historical evidence regarding music of the past, and anachronisms.

Keywords:   imitation, absolute copying, emulation, replication, canonic system, style-copying, work-copying, anachronisms

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