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Music in the Culture of the Renaissance and Other Essays

The writings gathered here finally make available in one place Lowinsky’s major essays—including four previously unpublished ones—in two volumes that are lavishly provided with musical examples and illustrations.

"Professor Lowinsky’s method is the only kind of ’writing about music’ that I value."—Igor Stravinsky

1,024 pages | Two volumes. Volume 1: xxii, 432 p.; Volume 2: viii, 562 p., 16 color plates, 10 | 9 x 12 | © 1989

Music: General Music

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Howard Mayer Brown
Ellen T. Harris
Bonnie J. Blackburn

I. Music and the History of Ideas
1. Music History and Its Relation to the History of Ideas
2. The Concept of Physical and Musical Space in the Renaissance (A Preliminary Sketch)
3. Music in the Culture of the Renaissance
4. Musical Genius: Evolution and Origins of a Concept
5. Taste, Style, and Ideology in Eighteenth-Century Music
6. Music of the Renaissance as Viewed by Renaissance Musicians
7. The Problem of Mannerism in Music: An Attempt at a Definition
8. Humanism in the Music of the Renaissance

II. Musical Iconography
9. The Goddess Fortuna in Music, with a Special Study of Josquin’s Fortuna d’un gran tempo
10. Matthaeus Greiter’s Fortuna: An Experiment in Chromaticism and in Musical Iconography
11. The Music in Carpaccio’s "St. Jerome’s Study"
12. Problems in Adrian Willaert’s Iconography
13. Ockeghem’s Canon for Thirty-Six Voices: An Essay in Musical Iconography
14. Music in Titian’s Bacchanal of the Andrians: Origin and History of the Canon per tonos
15. Jan van Eyck’s Tymotheos: Sculptor or Musician? With an Investigation of the Autobiographic Strain in French Poetry from Rutebeuf to Villon

III. The Sixteenth-Century Motet
16. Orlando di Lasso’s Antwerp Motet Book and Its Relationship to the Contemporary Netherlandish Motet
17. A Newly Discovered Sixteenth-Century Motet Manuscript at the Biblioteca Vallicelliana in Rome
18. A Music Book for Anne Boleyn

IV. Josquin des Prez
19. Helmuth Osthoff’s Josquin Monograph
20. Josquin des Prez and Ascanio Sforza
21. Ascanio Sforza’s Life: A Key to Josquin’s Biography and an Aid to the Chronology of His Works
22. Ludovico il Moro’s Visit to the Abbey of Chiaravalle in 1497: A Report to Ascanio Sforza

V. Cipriano de Rore as Court Composer: Ferrara and Munich
23. Cipriano de Rore’s Venus Motet: Its Poetic and Pictorial Sources
24. Calami sonum ferentes: A New Interpretation
25. Two Motets and Two Madrigals for the Este Family
26. Rore’s New Year’s Gift for Albrecht V of Bavaria

VI. Musica Ficta
27. The Function of Conflicting Signatures in Early Polyphonic Music
28. Conflicting Views on Conflicting Signatures
29. Adrian Willaert’s Chromatic "Duo" Reexamined
30. Echoes of Adrian Willaert’s Chromatic "Duo" in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth- Century Compositions
31. The Musical Avant-Garde of the Renaissance; or, The Peril and Profit of Foresight
32. Secret Chromatic Art Reexamined
33. Musica ficta in the Josquin Edition

VII. The Compositional Process
34. On the Use of Scores by Sixteenth-Century Musicians
35. Early Scores in Manuscripts
36. English Organ Music of the Renaissance
37. A Treatise on Text Underlay by a German Disciple of Francisco de Salinas
38. Canon Technique and Simultaneous Conception in Fifteenth-Century Music: A Comparison of North and South
39. On Mozart’s Rhythm

VIII. Views and Reviews
40. Secret Chromatic Art in the Netherlands Motet: A Reply
41. Renaissance Writings on Music Theory
42. On the Presentation and Interpretation of Evidence: Another Review of Costanzo Festa’s Biography
43. Character and Purposes of American Musicology: A Reply to Joseph Kerman
Bibliography of the Writings of Edward E. Lowinsky
Index of Manuscripts Cited
General Index

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