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Description - With Voice and Pen by Leo Treitler

Leo Treitler's seventeen classic essays trace the creation and spread of song (cantus), sacred and secular, through oral tradition and writing, in the European Middle Ages. The author examines songs in particular - their design, their qualities and character, their expressive meanings, and their adaptation to their communal and ritual roles - and explores the chances for, and the obstacles to, our understanding of traditions that were alive a thousand years ago. Ranging from c. 900 (when the written transmission of medieval songs began) to 1200, Treitler shows how the earlier, purely oral traditions can be examined only through the lens of what has been captured in writing, and focuses on the invention and uses of writing systems for representing these oral traditions. Each of these seminally influential essays has been revised to take account of recent developments, and is prefaced with a new introduction to highlight the historical issues. The accompanying CD contains performances of much of the music discussed.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199214761
ISBN-10: 019921476X
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 156mm x 27mm)
Pages: 548
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Leo Treitler

Leo Treitler emigrated to the USA in 1938. He studied at the University of Chicago and Princeton University. He has held professorial appointments at the University of Chicago, Braudeis University, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and visiting appointments at the University of California at Berkeley, Yale University, Columbia University, New York University, Harvard University, the University of Basel and Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt.

Books By Leo Treitler

Strunk's Source Readings in Music History by Leo Treitler
Paperback, February 1998
Music and the Historical Imagination by Leo Treitler
Paperback, October 1990