Musical Culture in the World of Adam de la Halle


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In Musical Culture in the World of Adam de la Halle, contributors from musicology, literary studies, history, and art history provide an account of the works of 13th-century composer Adam de la Halle, one of the first named authors of medieval vernacular music for whom a complete works manuscript survives. The essays illuminate Adam’s generic transformations in polyphony, drama, debate poetry, and other genres, while also emphasizing his place in a large community of trouvères active in the bustling urban environment of Arras. Exploring issues of authorship and authority, tradition and innovation, the material contexts of his works, and his influence on later generations, this book provides the most complete and up-to-date picture available in English of Adam’s œuvre.
Contributors are Alain Corbellari, Mark Everist, Anna Kathryn Grau, John Haines, Anne Ibos-Augé, Daniel E. O’Sullivan, Judith A. Peraino, Isabelle Ragnard, Jennifer Saltzstein, Alison Stones, Carol Symes, and Eliza Zingesser.

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Jennifer Saltzstein, Ph.D. (2007), is Associate Professor of musicology at the University of Oklahoma. She has published The Refrain and the Rise of the Vernacular in Medieval French Music and Poetry (D.S. Brewer, 2013) and articles on medieval French music.

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Music Examples
Notes on Contributors
A Note on Manuscript Sigla
Jennifer Saltzstein
part 1
The Northern Milieu
 1 The “School of Arras” and the Career of Adam
Carol Symes
 2 The Poets of the North: Economies of Literature and Love
Eliza Zingesser
part 2
Material Contexts of Arrageois Song
 3 Another Note on fr. 25566 and Its Illustrations
Alison Stones
 4 Aristocratic Patronage and the Cosmopolitan Vernacular Songbook: the Chansonnier du Roi (M-trouv.) and the French Mediterranean
John Haines
 5 Taking Notae on King and Cleric: Thibaut, Adam, and the Medieval Readers of Chansonnier de Noailles (T-trouv.)
Judith A. Peraino
part 3
Genres in Context
 6 The Northern Jeu-parti
Daniel E. O’Sullivan
 7 The Songs of Adam de la Halle
Isabelle Ragnard
part 4
Traditions and Transformations
 8 Adam de la Halle: Cleric and Busker
Alain Corbellari
 9 Refrain Quotations in Adam’s Rondeaux, Motets and Plays
Anne Ibos-Augé
 10 The Pastourelle and the Jeu de Robin et Marion
Anna Kathryn Grau
 11 Friends and Foals: The Polyphonic Music of Adam de la Halle
Mark Everist
 12 Adam de la Halle’s Fourteenth-Century Musical and Poetic Legacies
Jennifer Saltzstein
Annex I – Refrains in Rondeaux and Chansons
Anne Ibos-Augé
Annex II – The Refrains and Citations in the Motets
Anne Ibos-Augé
Annex III – Lyrical Citations in the Plays
Anne Ibos-Augé
Annex IV – Musical Transcriptions
Anne Ibos-Augé
All interested in the music, poetry, history, manuscripts, and drama of 13th-century France, and anyone interested in the works of Adam de la Halle and the trouvères.
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