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Hucbald of St. Amand's treatise Musica took shape in the late Carolingian era in a time of intense and independent music-theoretical activity. Hucbald has been recognized as a pioneer who brought elements from Greek music theory to bear upon plainsong, but his view of mode has been considered...
This article takes Thomas Morley's A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke (1597) as a point of departure for exploring a group of sixteenth-century texts that place music, especially as represented by musical notation, within the form of a dialogue. Music and musical writings have...
Using the concept of "style" in analysis runs the risk of circularity, where features of individual works are identified as belonging to a style whose definition itself is derived from those features. This pitfall undermines studies of the songs of the twelfth- and thirteenth-century troubadours...
The music of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) has often been described as standing outside medieval chant traditions. This article argues that although many features of her music deviate from early chant, her repertoire conforms instead in remarkable ways with a late chant style, which appeared...
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