Born for the Muses
The Life and Masses of Jacob Obrecht
By (author) Rob C. Wegman
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Born for the Muses by Rob C. Wegman
Book DescriptionSon of a town trumpeter, Jacob Obrecht became one of the most prominent composers in Europe in the late fifteenth century. In Born for the Muses, Rob Wegman enlarges our picture of the social and cultural conditions that framed his world, drawing on a wealth of new archival sources and a newly discovered dated portrait that sheds light on his development as a composer. Obrecht's greatest contribution lay in the field of mass composition. In a penetrating sylistic analysis, Wegman treats each of the thirty-odd surviving masses as a historical record, tracing influences and establishing a rich context for the development of Obrecht's musical language. This new assessment of his creative achievement and historical significance entirely changes the face of Obrecht studies and of late fifteenth-century music in general.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198166504
(234mm x 157mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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In the final decades of the fifteenth century, the European musical world was shaken by the onset of a culture war. This book tells the story of this cultural upheaval, drawing on a range of little-known texts and documents, and weaving them together in a narrative that takes the reader on a musical journey through early-modern Europe.
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