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Music in the age of the Renaissance
Perkins, Leeman L. (Leeman Lloyd), 1932-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton, [1999]

Physical Description:
1147 pages : illustrations, maps, music ; 25 cm
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ML172 .P47 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Music in the Age of the Renaissance, written by one of the country's leading scholars, brings to life the musical styles and genres that mark this humanistic period of artistic and scientific revolution. In his compelling treatment of how the music was developed and transmitted, Professor Leeman Perkins grounds his narrative firmly in political, religious, social, and cultural history, opening a window onto the lavish courts, magnificent churches, and thriving urban centers in which music played such a vital role. The latest, best, and most comprehensive survey of Renaissance music to appear in over forty years.

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Library Journal Review

A considerable amount of research has been done in the 45 years since Gustave Reese's comprehensive survey Music in the Renaissance (1954) was published. To bring the subject up to date requires a music historian with a broad understanding of political, religious, and cultural history, and Perkins (music, Columbia Univ.) has proven himself equal to the task. He has produced an extraordinary exposition of the period, placing music in its social setting with close attention to detail and a gift for incorporating interesting stories into the narrative. The study is well written and truly comprehensive. Perkins is careful to separate known fact from areas still under investigation, prudently taking a conservative position on controversial issues. Paintings, maps, charts, and tables are used to clarify the various points, and numerous well-chosen musical examples enhance detailed analyses of selected works. Essential for the serious student of music history.‘Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.