The Cambridge history of sixteenth-century music

Fenlon, I. and Wistreich, R., eds. (2019) The Cambridge history of sixteenth-century music. The Cambridge History of Music . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521195942 (hardback) 9781108630887 (e-book)


Part of the seminal Cambridge History of Music series, this volume departs from standard histories of early modern Western music in two important ways. First, it considers music as something primarily experienced by people in their daily lives, whether as musicians or listeners, and as something that happened in particular locations, and different intellectual and ideological contexts, rather than as a story of genres, individual counties, and composers and their works. Second, by constraining discussion within the limits of a 100-year timespan, the music culture of the sixteenth century is freed from its conventional (and tenuous) absorption within the abstraction of 'the Renaissance', and is understood in terms of recent developments in the broader narrative of this turbulent period of European history. Both an original take on a well-known period in early music and a key work of reference for scholars, this volume makes an important contribution to the history of music.

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