Capturing music : the story of notation /

"In today's digital landscape, we have the luxury of experiencing music anytime, anywhere. But before this instant accessibility and dizzying array of formats--before CDs, the eight-track tape, the radio, and the turntable--there was only one recording technology: music notation. It allowe...

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Main Author: Kelly, Thomas Forrest, (Author)
Corporate Authors: Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, (Performer)
Catholic Church.
Other Authors: Metcalfe, Scott, (Director)
Léonin, active 12th century,
(Composer)

Pérotin, -1238?
(Composer)

Vitry, Philippe de, 1291-1361,
(Composer)

Guillaume, de Machaut, approximately 1300-1377.

Landini, Francesco, approximately 1325-1397.

Jacob, de Senleches, active 1378-1395.

Cordier, Baude, active 15th century.
Format: Book Audio CD
Language:English
Published:New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition:First edition.
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Main Author:Kelly, Thomas Forrest, author.
Summary:"In today's digital landscape, we have the luxury of experiencing music anytime, anywhere. But before this instant accessibility and dizzying array of formats--before CDs, the eight-track tape, the radio, and the turntable--there was only one recording technology: music notation. It allowed singers and soloists to travel across great distances and perform their work with stunning fidelity, a feat that we now very much take for granted. Thomas Forrest Kelly transports us to the lively and complex world of monks and monasteries, of a dove singing holy chants into the ear of a saint, and of bustling activity in the Cathedral of Notre Dame--an era when the only way to share even the simplest song was to learn it by rote, church to church and person to person. With clarity and a sense of wonder, Kelly tells a story that spans five hundred years, leading us on a journey through medieval Europe and showing how we learned to keep track of rhythm, melody, and precise pitch with a degree of accuracy previously unimagined. Kelly reveals the technological advances that led us to the system of notation we use today, placing each step of its evolution in its cultural and intellectual context. Companion recordings by the renowned Blue Heron ensemble are paired with vibrant illuminated manuscripts, bringing the art to life and allowing readers to experience something of the marvel that medieval writers must have felt when they figured out how to capture music for all time." -- Publisher's description

In today's digital landscape, we have the luxury of experiencing music anytime, anywhere. But before this instant accessibility and dizzying array of formats--before CDs, the eight-track tape, the radio, and the turntable--there was only one recording technology: music notation. It allowed singers and soloists to travel across great distances and perform their work with stunning fidelity, a feat that we now very much take for granted. Thomas Forrest Kelly transports us to the lively and complex world of monks and monasteries, of a dove singing holy chants into the ear of a saint, and of bustling activity in the Cathedral of Notre Dame--an era when the only way to share even the simplest song was to learn it by rote, church to church and person to person. With clarity and a sense of wonder, Kelly tells a story that spans five hundred years, leading us on a journey through medieval Europe and showing how we learned to keep track of rhythm, melody, and precise pitch with a degree of accuracy previously unimagined. Kelly reveals the technological advances that led us to the system of notation we use today, placing each step of its evolution in its cultural and intellectual context. Companion recordings by the renowned Blue Heron ensemble are paired with vibrant illuminated manuscripts, bringing the art to life and allowing readers to experience something of the marvel that medieval writers must have felt when they figured out how to capture music for all time.

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Copyright:©2015
General Notes:Accompanying CD contains performances of the musical compositions represented in the book's illustrations.
Physical Description:xv, 238 pages : illustrations (cheifly color), music ; 25 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 inches)
A/V Characteristics:digital
Digital Characteristics:audio file CD audio
Performer:CD performed by Blue Heron (Michael Barrett, Paul Guttry, Ian Howell, David McFerrin, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Martin Near, Mark Sprinkle, Sumner Thompson, and Paul Max Tipton, voices ; Laura Jeppesen, vielle ; Scott Metcalfe, harp and vielle ; Charles Weaver, lute) ; Scott Metcalfe, director.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-225) and index.
ISBN:9780393064964 (hardcover)
0393064964 (hardcover)
Author Notes:

Thomas Forrest Kelly is professor of music at Harvard University.

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