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Music of the renaissance
Ongaro, Giulio Maria.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
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xvi, 202 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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ML172 .O54 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Renaissance was not a spontaneous cultural explosion, but rather an evolution and cross-fertilization of artistic, philosophical, and scientific principles. This reference presents and examines the rich and varied world of music in Renaissance Europe. Giulio Ongaro offers an advanced technical knowledge of music, presented accessibly in a multidisciplinary approach. After an introductory essay on the cultural backdrop of the Renaissance, narrative chapters provide an overview of Renaissance music, recreate the lives of Renaissance musicians, describe the different genres of music, and explain the relationships between Renaissance music and dance. Coverage also includes musical instruments from the period and the business of music publishing during this period. These chapters synthesize music theory, history, and culture into a comprehensive narrative on music throughout Continental Europe and the British Isles. Illustrations, chapter bibliographies, a timeline, and a subject index complete the volume.

In many ways, this is a companion volume to Music from the Age of Shakespeare in its accessible, interdisciplinary examination of music history. Ongaro's volume on Renaissance Music synthesizes music theory, history, and culture into a comprehensive narrative on music throughout Continental Europe and the British Isles

Author Notes

GIULIO ONGARO is Associate Professor of Music History and Literature at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California.

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Ongaro (Univ. of Southern California) provides nonmusicians with a thoughtful perspective on Renaissance music as it developed not only within its own domain but as a greater part of European society and cultural life in its entirety. The author presents the regional stylistic developments with clarity and highlights pivotal composers' place in history for readers to subsequently explore. The listing of further readings gives suggestions as to how to approach the purchase of compact discs and supplies a more sophisticated choice of literature to delve into should readers wish to continue their musical investigation. Too simplistic for a musician or music scholar, Ongaro's language is appropriate for the uninitiated becoming acquainted with this vast body of music, which is too-often neglected in the mainstream outlets of art music and within the popular media. Indeed, this would be a great place for a budding young musicologist to start in order to observe how the broader scope of history is made whole with the discipline. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers. J. Rubin University of Minnesota--Duluth