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By Simon Smith
This book investigates the dramatic role of music in plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Drawing on Smith's unusual combination of gifts as a musician and literary critic, this investigation offers scholars and students of literature, history and music new views on Jacobean drama and early modern musical culture.
The book is concerned with musical settings c.1650-1750 for voices and instruments of mostly secular texts that were performed in English theatres. It is of value to those with an interest in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English music, literature, drama or theatre, showing how these arts intersected.
The first ever book-length study of the a cappella masses which appeared in France in choirbook layout during the baroque era. After tracing the publishing history of this distinctive but little-known repertoire, the author places the works in their social, liturgical and musical context.
In this book, Rebecca Harris-Warrick dismantles the prevailing notion that dance in French Baroque opera was merely decorative, and presents compelling evidence that the divertissement is essential to understanding the work. Evolving practices in music, librettos, choreography and staging are brought to bear on sixty years of operatic history.
This companion volume to The Courtly Consort Suite in German-Speaking Europe surveys an area of music neglected by modern scholars: the consort suites and dance music by musicians working in the seventeenth-century German towns. Conditions of work in the German towns are examined in detail, as are the problems posed...
"Every year, Johann Sebastian Bach's major vocal works are performed to mark liturgical milestones in the Christian calendar. Written by a renowned Bach scholar, this concise and accessible book provides an introduction to the music and cultural contexts of the composer's most beloved masterpieces, including the Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, and...