Brill's Companions to the Musical Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Europe

James Cook
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This series publishes coherent research companions providing scholarly investigations of key themes and subjects in all aspects of medieval and early modern musical culture in Europe. Written by the foremost specialists in the field, the volumes offer broad and balanced accounts along with a synthesis of debate, reflections on the field, and considerations of future directions for research.

Each title presents a detailed and academic introduction to the topic to newcomers to a field, while also providing fresh insights, angles, and perspectives to scholars already well-versed in the area. The books are equipped with up-to-date bibliographies, and include images, musical examples, and other supporting apparatus as necessary. Offering cross-volume discussion of the most pertinent questions, each companion demonstrates a lively sense of current debates, and gives new impetus to future discourse.

Prospective editors of companion volumes are invited to contact the publisher at Brill, Dr Kate Hammond, to discuss their proposed project.

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James Cook is Senior Lecturer in Early Music and Director of Teaching of Learning at the Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on both music in England and Scotland in the late Middle Ages, and on the afterlife of early music in later periods. He also enjoys work with the digital humanities, in particular the application of technology such as Virtual Reality, AI, and Machine Learning to historical musicology.
Managing Editor
James Cook (University of Edinburgh)
Aimed at students and scholars in medieval and early modern studies with an interest in a diverse range of musical cultures.
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