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With Voice and Pen: Coming to Know Medieval Song and How it Was Made

Leo Treitler

Abstract

This book contains seventeen essays, in the form of chapters, which trace the creation and spread of song (cantus), sacred and secular, through oral tradition and writing in the European Middle Ages. The book examines songs in particular — their design, their qualities and character, their expressive meanings, and their adaptation to their communal and ritual roles — and explores the chances for, and the obstacles to, our understanding of traditions that were alive a thousand years ago. Ranging from c.900 (when the written transmission of medieval songs began) to 1200, the book shows how the e ... More

Keywords: song, cantus, sacred, secular, oral tradition, communal roles, ritual roles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199214761
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214761.001.0001

Authors

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Leo Treitler, author
City University of New York

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