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Description - The Christian West and Its Singers by Christopher Page

A renowned scholar and musician presents a new and innovative exploration of the beginnings of Western musical art. Beginning in the time of the New Testament, when Christians began to develop an art of ritual singing with an African and Asian background, Christopher Page traces the history of music in Europe through the development of Gregorian chant-a music that has profoundly influenced the way Westerners hear-to the invention of the musical staff, regarded as the fundamental technology of Western music. Page places the history of the singers who performed this music against the social, political and economic life of a Western Europe slowly being remade after the collapse of Roman power. His book will be of interest to historians, musicologists, performing musicians, and general readers who are keen to explore the beginnings of Western musical art.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300112573
ISBN-10: 0300112572
Format: Hardback
Pages: 694
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 12-Mar-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Christopher Page

Christopher Page is Professor of Medieval Music and Literature in the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, and founder of the acclaimed ensemble Gothic Voices.

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