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- DescriptionThose privileged eugh to attend performances of masques at court in the early seventeenth century invariably commented on the sumptuousness of the music (and often had little to say about the literary aspects of the entertainments). Yet our view of the masque has been dominated by the texts, and indeed, the modern scholarship has tended to treat the masque first and foremost as a literary genre. This book is the first complete study of the multi-faceted view of its subject, piecing together a picture of what the music was actually like from musical score, documentary evidence, and the dramatic texts. Vocal music and dance in the Jacobean masque are treated separately - a division that reflects the way in which the music was originally composed, with one group of composers writing songs while violinist/dancing masters prepared dances. There are chapters offering a reconsideration of the musical and documentary evidence for the William Lawes masques, on Inigo Jones's musical priorities, and an investigation of French influence in the Caroline masques. The book also describes the departures from court rms in masques which took place away from Whitehall.
- PrizesShortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 1997.
- Author(s)Peter Walls
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication23/05/1996
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series TitleOxford Monographs on Music
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintClarendon Press
- Content Note8 pp plates, tables, and music examples throughout
- Weight776 g
- Width165 mm
- Height243 mm
- Spine26 mm
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