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Music in Medieval Manuscripts (2001)
by Nicolas Bell
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Our knowledge of medieval music - from the dramatic and melodic riches of the thirteenth century to such highlights of the fifteenth century as the pieces in the Old Hall Manuscript - rests almost wholly on the existence of the manuscripts that have survived. Many illuminated manuscripts similarly contain detailed depictions of musicians with their instruments providing a valuable source of reference for performers today. A lively introduction to all aspects of medieval music for anyone who enjoys listening to works of the period.
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"Music was an important element of cultural life throughout the Middle Ages. Most of our knowledge of medieval music comes from surviving manuscripts, almost all of them connected in some way with the church. This book shows a selection from the British Library's rich manuscript collections." "The history of music writing is covered from the earliest times until the fifteenth century, and the beautiful and often entertaining pictures of musicians in manuscripts show how music was performed."--BOOK JACKET.
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