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Author Wiering, Frans

Title The language of the modes : studies in the history of polyphonic modality / Frans Wiering
Published New York : Routledge, 2001


Description 1 online resource (xii, 320 pages) : illustrations
Series Criticism and analysis of early music ; v. 3
Criticism and analysis of early music ; v. 3.
Contents 1. Modality : an introduction to the terminology and concepts -- 2. The discourse about mode : evidence of textual and musical sources -- 3. Tinctoris and the origin of polyphonic modality -- 4. Modus and tonus : two attitudes towards modes -- 5. The rise and fall of polyphonic modality -- 6. The modes before classical vocal polyphony : evidence from central-European cycles -- 7. Zarlino and polyphonic modality in Italy -- 8. Conclusion : the language of the modes
Summary The Language of the Modes provides a study of modes in early music through eight essays, each dealing with a different aspects of modality. The volume codifies all known theoretical references to mode, all modally ordered musical sources, and all modally cyclic compositions. For many music students and listeners, the "language of the modes" is a deep mystery, accustomed as we are to centuries of modern harmony. Wiering demystifies the modal world, showing how composers and performers were able to use this structure to create compelling and beautiful works. This book will be an inval
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-308) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Music -- History and criticism -- Early works to 1800.
Music theory -- Early works to 1800.
Musical intervals and scales.
Music theory
Musical intervals and scales
Genre/Form Musical intervals and scales
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Early works
Form Electronic book
LC no. 00045738
ISBN 1306002052