Tonal Consciousness and the Medieval West (Varia Musicologica #10) (Paperback)

Tonal Consciousness and the Medieval West (Varia Musicologica #10) By Peter M. Krakauer (Other), Fiona McAlpine Cover Image

Tonal Consciousness and the Medieval West (Varia Musicologica #10) (Paperback)


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This is book number 10 in the Varia Musicologica series.

Tonal consciousness, in the sense of a clear intuition about which note or chord a piece of music will finish on, is as much a part of our everyday experience of music as it is of contemporary music theory. This book asks to what extent such tonal consciousness might have operated in the minds of musicians of the Middle Ages, given the different tone world found in the modes of Gregorian chant, in troubadour and trouv re music, in Minnesang and in the early polyphony based upon chant. The author's approach is analytical, focusing on modality and balancing up-to-date concepts and methods of music analysis with those insights into their own compositional needs and processes that the people of the Middle Ages provided themselves through their writings about music. The book examines a range of both music sources and theoretical sources from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries. This is a ground-breaking contribution both to the study of medieval music and to music analysis.
Product Details ISBN: 9783039115068
ISBN-10: 3039115065
Publisher: Peter Lang Group Ag, International Academic P
Publication Date: December 22nd, 2008
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: Varia Musicologica